Rod Sweeting, Kevin Reddick and Logan Kilgore were the unreported Saints cuts

The Saints’ final cuts to reduce their roster to 75 players ahead of a Tuesday deadline were cornerback Rod Sweeting, linebacker Kevin Reddick and No. 4 quarterback Logan Kilgore, the team announced.

Sweeting and Reddick made the Saints as undrafted rookies last year out of the ACC — Georgia Tech and North Carolina, respectively. Sweeting saw a little action in the regular season on defense and special teams; but then, after star cornerback Keenan Lewis left a wild-card victory at Philadelphia with a third-quarter concussion, Sweeting came in to play a substantial number of snaps and registered a pair of tackles.

Reddick led the Saints’ special teams with 11 regular-season tackles (nine solo) and one forced fumble. His and Sweeting’s cuts were relatively surprising, but they were unable to command much time with the first-line units once training camp began at The Greebrier resort in West Virginia on July 24 and later transitioned to the Saints’ headquarters at Metairie.

While Reddick played 92 snaps of defense in the three exhibitions so far this preseason (all Saints wins), Sweeting — who spent time hurt — only had 10 snaps, all in the opener at St. Louis. Reddick only saw 16 snaps in Saturday’s exhibition at Indianapolis, when those expected to be regulars saw significant action.

Kilgore, an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, was 6-for-10 for 52 yards in 21 snaps this preseason. His longest completion was for 17 yards.

The rest of the cuts that had been previously reported and got the Saints’ roster down to to 75 players from 90 were linebacker Victor Butler, wide receiver Andy Tanner, tackle Ty Nsekhe, safety Ty Zimmerman, tight end Travis Beckum, guard/tackle Manase Foketi, defensive end George Uko, running back Timothy Flanders, tight end Je’Ron Hamm, outside linebacker Chidera Uzo-Diribe, defensive lineman Rufus Johnson Jr. and wide receiver Tobais Palmer.

Of those names, Butler’s release was the most noteworthy. He arrived as a free agent in 2013 and was expected to start at outside linebacker, but he tore an ACL during an offseason workout and missed the entire ensuing campaign.

Butler made it to training camp this year, participated in a few practices and then hurt an ankle. He’s missed every preseason game; and, while he returned to practice in a limited capacity Monday afternoon, he was released.

Coach Sean Payton on Tuesday said the team made the decision after it simply could not get enough snaps for him to do a proper evaluation.

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