The New Orleans Saints have set their initial 53-player roster for the 2019 regular season.
That said, it is important to keep in mind while the Saints met Saturday's league-wide deadline, the current roster should be considered fluid.
Changes can and will happen in the week leading to the season opener against the Houston Texans, and it wouldn't surprise if the Saints' roster adjusted during Sunday's waiver process.
Additionally, some of the players the Saints waived over the past two days could return Sunday when the 10-player practice squad is established.
In the meantime, below is the Saints' initial 53-player roster:
QUATERBACKS (3): Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill
SNAPSHOT: No surprises here, as the Saints boast one of the top quarterback groupings in the league.
RUNNING BACKS (3): Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington
SNAPSHOT: The decision came down to Washington or Devine Ozigbo, and the Saints went with the known over a rookie. Nevertheless, this position could be a target to upgrade if the Saints see a player they like on the waiver wire.
FULLBACK (1): Zach Line
SNAPSHOT: The Saints entered the weekend with three fullbacks on the roster before waiving Shane Smith and Michael Burton. Line, though, was never really in trouble of losing his spot.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6): Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, Austin Carr, Deonte Harris
SNAPSHOT: The biggest omission here is early training camp standout Emmanuel Butler, who appeared on his way to making the initial 53. Butler did have a couple of drops in the past two preseason games, so sticking with Kirkwood made sense despite the missed time. Harris making the roster as an undrafted rookie doesn't come as a big surprise given his tremendous value on special teams as a returner.
TIGHT ENDS (2): Jared Cook, Josh Hill
SNAPSHOT: By waiving Dan Arnold and rookie Alizé Mack, the team's seventh-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints are initially prepared to go light at the position. This is also a good sign there are no concerns with Cook's health after he didn't play in the final two preseason games for undisclosed reasons.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramczyk, Andrus Peat, Larry Warford, Erik McCoy, Nick Easton, Will Clapp, Patrick Omameh, Ethan Greenidge
SNAPSHOT: Armstead, Peat, Warford and Ramczyk are the anchors of one of the NFL's top offensive lines, and they'll likely be joined by McCoy as the starting center. The Saints enjoy versatile linemen, and the front five will have it with Easton, Clapp, Greenidge and Omameh, who likely projects as the swing tackle.
DEFENSIVE ENDS (4): Cameron Jordan, Marcus Davenport, Trey Hendrickson, Wes Horton
SNAPSHOT: No surprises here. Horton was the clear favorite to make the roster after he often took over at left defensive end with the second-team defense during training camp.
DEFENSIVE TACKLES (5): Malcolm Brown, Sheldon Rankins, Mario Edwards Jr., Taylor Stallworth, Shy Tuttle
SNAPSHOT: Carrying five interior defensive linemen makes sense given Rankins' continued recovery from a torn Achilles and the unknown timetable on his return. Additionally, David Onyemata will serve a one-game suspension to start the season.
Edwards has versatility to play inside and outside.
LINEBACKERS (6): Demario Davis, A.J. Klein, Alex Anzalone, Craig Robertson, Kiko Alonso, Kaden Elliss
SNAPSHOT: Davis, Klein and Anzalone are the starters here, and the Saints not making moves Saturday could be a good indication on Anzalone's and Robertson's health. Nevertheless, if either of the players are dealing with a short-term injury, the Saints were wise to not place them on injured reserve at the league deadline. Doing so would've ended their season as opposed to doing it the day after the deadline, as a player placed on IR after the initial 53-player roster is established can be identified to return. Elliss more than earned a spot on the roster with a strong training camp and preseason action. He can also contribute on special teams.
CORNERBACKS (6): Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, P.J. Williams, Ken Crawley, Patrick Robinson, Justin Hardee
SNAPSHOT: Crawley's listing might raise eyebrows, but the Saints needed depth here. Keeping Crawley provides a player capable of playing inside and outside, and he certainly had his good moments during training camp and preseason action.
SAFETIES (5): Vonn Bell, Marcus Williams, J.T. Gray, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Saquan Hampton
SNAPSHOT: Bell and Williams are the clear starters, while Gray returns after making the roster in 2018. The Saints also elected to keep both rookie draft picks despite Hampton's missed time for unknown reasons. Gardner-Johnson gives the Saints plenty of flexibility to play nickel cornerback as needed.
SPECIALISTS (3): Thomas Morstead, Wil Lutz, Zach Wood
SNAPSHOT: Outside of the quarterback position, the specialists are pretty easy to figure out. Morstead and Lutz remain among the best at their position in the league, and Wood has the all-important chemistry with the duo.
RESERVE/INJURED (3): Marcus Sherels, Marshall Newhouse, Cameron Tom
SNAPSHOT: Sherels' injury opened the door for Deonte Harris to seize the returner position. Tom landed on injured reserve after suffering a partially torn labrum, according to a source familiar with the situation.
RESERVE/SUSPENDED BY COMMISSIONER (1): David Onyemata
SNAPSHOT: Onyemata will serve a one-game suspension to start the season and does not count against the 53-player roster.
EXEMPT/COMMISSIONER PERMISSION (1): Carl Granderson
SNAPSHOT: Granderson does not count against the 53-player roster. The Saints have a two-week window to decide what to do with him.