New Orleans Saints: Center Matt Tennant Is The Long-Term Answer

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Matt Tennant in a scrimmage (source:

With former Pro-Bowl center Jonathan Goodwin bolting to the San Francisco 49ers, the Saints offensive line that has been together since the Superbowl season will change forever. Don’t fret though, because this change is for the good.

The feeling around the Who Dat Nation is seemingly one of loss right now.

Johnathan Goodwin without a doubt touched the football more than any other Saint during the 2009 Superbowl season and helped to anchor the interior of one of the strongest offensive lines in the NFL.

But before we get too upset over his departure, we must face the facts and realize that there is a young gun who is ready to step up to the plate by the name of Matt Tennant, who may have a much higher ceiling than Goodwin.

The Saints traded up to grab Tennant in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, getting a player who many analysts thought was a steal.

Why? Tennant was a seasoned college veteran who started every game his sophomore, junior and senior seasons at Boston College. In 2007, behind Tennant was a quarterback you may have heard of, Matt Ryan, who along with Tennant and Boston College’s superb offensive line racked up nearly 6,000 yards of offense.

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