New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said on Sunday that they know which 15 players will be released but instead of following the trend of other teams, they will wait until today to announce the names. One sad note might be that wide receiver Andy Tanner could be one.
There were around 15 NFL teams that made roster cut announcements yesterday with some still having to get down to 75 players by 4:00 p.m. today. The Saints will make some obvious cuts to the roster with only one preseason game left on Thursday against the Tennessee Titans.
The word obvious being that there are some players that barely saw any action during the preseason and the team figures that they may not be able to contribute or just simply they didn’t give a good performance when they did see playing time.
Some cuts coming will be likely in the wide receiver group since they are pretty stacked in that position. The feeling is that dark horse wide receiver Andy Tanner might be in jeopardy here.
Tanner sprained his ankle during the Jacksonville Jaguars game and hasn’t returned since. Vitt said that Tanner won’t play Thursday which definitely could put him in the category to be released if the club would feel the need.
However, Tanner has shown potential during camp and in preseason which brought praise from quarterback Drew Brees that isn’t easy to come by. If the Saints do release Tanner, they could hope he clears waivers and then sign him to injured reserve to hold on to what could be another Saints hidden gem.
Tanner was closely fitting the mold of veteran wide receiver Lance Moore who also got his start as an undrafted free agent on the Saints practice squad. Putting Tanner on injured reserve would allow him to become healthy again and insure no other team will snatch him away as the Saints would continue to develop him.