The New Orleans Saints final roster cut generated surprise and new question marks after the team waived or terminated both options at kicker – Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke – and Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.
The Saints also parted ways with veteran wide receiver Robert Meacham.
The team will carry three quarterbacks: Drew Brees and backups Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin. The Black and Gold’s secondary now has ten members: Corners Keenan Lewis, Patrick Robinson, Corey White, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Brian Dixon; safeties Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, Marcus Ball and Vinnie Sunseri.
The team is now shopping the waiver wire for a kicker, but they’ll have to make room on the roster since it currently stands at the maximum 53 players. Options at kicker include Ryan Succop – formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs, Connor Barth – formerly with the Tampa Bay Bucs and Jay Feely – formerly with the Arizona Cardinals.
The two undrafted rookies to live their personal fairytale and make the Saints squad: CB Brian Dixon and LB Kasim Edebali, from Hamburg, Germany.
After the final roster cut was announced, Edebali tweeted out:
"Truly blessed to be part of the #WhoDatNation!!! Now it’s time to get to work and put all focus in getting ready for Atlanta!"
Dixon made the final cut instead of Bailey, due in part to his willingness to play special teams. After hearing the news, Dixon tweeted:
"Feels good to make the 53 man roster. #WhoDatNation #SpeedKills"
In all, the Saints waived C Matt Armstrong, CB Derrius Brooks, WR Brandon Coleman, ILB Todd Davis, K Derek Dimke, CB Terrence Frederick, WR Charles Hawkins, TE Nic Jacobs, G Marcel Jones, WR Seantavious Jones, T Tavon Rooks, RB Derrick Strozier, NT Lawrence Virgil, CB Trevin Wade, S Pierre Warren, T/G Jason Weaver.
The team terminated the contracts of CB Champ Bailey, OLB Keyunta Dawson, K Shayne Graham, FB Greg Jones, WR Robert Meachem and T Thomas Welch.
Sunday, the Saints will assemble their 10-man practice squad. Coaches are eyeing several players waived today, such as rookies Pierre Warren, who capped off an impressive training camp with a big interception Thursday against the Ravens, and wide receiver Brandon Coleman.