Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Andy Tanner (14) catches a pass over Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Vince Agnew (34) during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
There were a ton of highlights and critiques to come away with after watching the Saints first preseason game. But, every year or so you find a player who just seems to work extra hard when given the spotlight. They can come from any position on either side of the ball and can include anything from incredible plays to pushing the pile for five yards. The key is that these players have a certain “fight” in them. Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Lance Moore, and Junior Galette are some of the most recent examples of players who won admiration from players, coaches, and fans alike for their extra effort. This year, my “fight” award might just get stolen by Andy Tanner.
Andy Tanner had 3 catches for 59 yards for a 19.7 average. Not bad stats, certainly not much to go off of. But when you watch him play, you see him spark. There was a particular play where, after getting hit, he kept driving his legs. Yes, you learn that in practice in high school football, but that one example is enough to show how hard he works to play this game.
Tanner reminds me a lot of Moore, despite the height difference (Tanner is 6’0, Moore is 5’9″). Many writers have commented on the logjam at receiver for the Saints but Tanner is a legitimate threat. He won’t give up. And he certainly won’t give the Saints brass an easy decision to make when the roster cuts start.
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Corey Hogue is currently a relationship banker by day and aspiring sports writer by night. He resides in Slidell, LA where he has access to one of the greatest cities and teams in the country – New Orleans and the New Orleans Saints. Corey grew up in Slidell, a tight-knit family community, only 35 minutes from New Orleans. His love for sports developed in college as he began to learn more about the inner-workings and strategy of professional and college football. Corey graduated from the University of Phoenix in November 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, concentrating in Technological Communication. In his free time he enjoys writing, reading, travel, spending time with family and of course – keeping up with sports. He loves taking advantage of the exciting cities he is able to frequent and enjoys experiencing all that New Orleans and it’s surrounding areas have to offer. He has been happily married to his wife Amy since November 2012. Corey’s dream is to become a successful football writer covering a wide range of teams and aspects of the football world. He currently writes a tongue-in-cheek sports article for local Slidell Magazine and is also a contributing writer for the fast-growing website WhoDatDish.com.