This year's wild NFL preseason—that has been akin to a CW TV drama—consisted of ESPN's schoolgirl-like crush with Tim Tebow, player holdouts, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson realizing he's not in the current Madden '13 video game, and replacement officials (ugh), there has been something else going on behind the scenes: football.
The New Orleans Saints, as well as the rest of the teams around the NFL, will have to cut down their rosters to 53 players by this weekend.
(Of course there are those players who already have their roster spots on lock, but for the others it's a different story.)
All the offseason preparation, OTA's, mini-camps, the heat-filled practices are coming to an end. Football players around the league worked hard and sacrificed a lot to try and make the final cut. Either their hard work paid off and they made the team or they get cut, possibly closing a chapter in their life, for some.
Nothing personal, it's just part of the business.
Let's take a look at five players I believe stood out and will make the final 53-man roster for the Saints.