September 5, 2004

Final Cuts Announced as Saints Trim to 53

The New Orleans Saints announced their final cuts on Sunday:

DT Kenderick Allen, G Ben Archibald, WR Nathan Black, CB Fred Booker, CB Ahmad Brooks, TE Dan Curley, C Jerry Fontenot, S Brent Hafford, K Rob Hart, WR Derrick Lewis, FB Nate Schurman, G Chad Setterstrom, LB Darrin Smith, RB Lamar Smith, LB Billy Strother and C Terry Wagner.

Three key veterans are included in that list: read more about them here.

Other cuts of note:

DT Kenderick Allen played in 10 games and started one for the Saints last season in his first NFL experience. Former LSU teammate DT Howard Green edged him out for a roster spot. Allen is not eligible for a practice squad job.

WR Nathan Black had really made an impression in training camp but the Monroe, Louisiana and Northwestern State product was bumped off the roster by a deep wide receiver corp of the Saints. He is eligible for the practice squad.

S Brent Hafford was one of the top undrafted rookie free agents available in April and while undrafted rookies rarely had a shot, one or two have made the Saints 53-man roster in previous years under Haslett. If anyone would have made the final roster, it would have been Hafford, a fast, hard-hitting safety.

The Derrick Lewis experiment is over. Track speed and solid size were enough to get Lewis this far. Lewis appeared in three games in 2003 and recorded one seven-yard reception, and would be eligible for another year on the team's practice squad. Whether or not he wore out his welcome with this coaching staff is debatable.

LB Sedrick Hodge has left the team and will not be able to return until he has served his four-game suspension. CB Keyou Craver has left the team until next year.

If a player appeared on an active roster for nine or more regular-season games in one season, he is no longer eligible to be on any practice squads. The Saints will be able to announce their practice squad on Monday or Tuesday.

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