We've seen 13 practices and one preseason game and now I'm ready to proclaim the Saints ... closer to game two of preseason.

Not making any season predictions just yet.

But I will make first stab at what I see could be the Saints' 53-man roster come Sept. 3, when the roster must be cut to that number.

I admit this was tough. The roster is both full of potential while at the same time being light enough that figuring the final three or four players was tough.

I have only 16 of the 53 being newcomers who weren't on last year's roster. There's also a contingency plan should defensive end Will Smith actually be suspended for the first four games the NFL hasn't commented one way or the other.

This is a moving target until the actual cut date and we'll know more after the next game as to who is generally in New Orleans' plans and who isn't. There's still plenty of time for this list to change and it most likely will.

I'm sure you'll have disagreements. Isn't America great? Also, the depth chart isn't part of this experiment.

*If Will Smith ends up being suspended, I have Jeff Charleston as the extra defensive end. If Smith ends up not being suspended, I have Clint Ingram being an extra linebacker.

*I have defensive end Greg Romeus going to IR and running back Chris Ivory starting the season on PUP.

Drew Brees
Chase Daniel

Running Back
Joique Bell
Pierre Thomas
Mark Ingram
Korey Hall
Darren Sproles

Wide Receiver
Marques Colston
Joseph Morgan
Courtney Roby
Lance Moore
Robert Meachem
Devery Henderson

Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham
Tory Humphrey
David Thomas

Offensive Linemen
Olin Kreutz
Zach Strief
Matt Tennant
Charles Brown
Jahri Evans
Jermon Bushrod
Carl Nicks
Jon Stinchcomb

Garrett Hartley
Thomas Morstead
Justin Drescher

Defensive Linemen
Tom Johnson
Turk McBride
Will Smith
Shaun Rogers
Cameron Jordan
Alex Brown
Sedrick Ellis
Aubrayo Franklin

Jonathan Vilma
Jonathan Casillas
Will Herring
Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Scott Shanle
Nate Bussey
Martez Wilson

Defensive Backs
Patrick Robinson
Tracy Porter
Leigh Torrence
Malcolm Jenkins
Pierson Prioleau
Jabari Greer
Chris Reis
Jonathan Amaya
Roman Harper

--Bradley Handwerger, Sports Reporter

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