The New Orleans Saints are said to be a team that is good at finding diamonds in the rough. That’s true but they only chip away at it until it becomes the diamond’s responsibility to shine. Case in point is wide receiver Andy Tanner.
Tanner has spent most of his time, almost a full season, on the Saints practice squad after going undrafted from Midwestern State late in 2010. He was released in December 2011 to clear a roster spot for quarterback Sean Canfield but then re-signed just over a month later.
He was thought to be the token practice squad player since his arrival in New Orleans and with the wide receiver spot crowded, his chances of making it were slim.
However, this season is a different story. With one incumbent gone, Robert Meachem, it left a spot for the others to battle for. Also reports that wide receiver Devery Henderson has seen some inconsistent play in practices opens up another opportunity.
Interim head coach Joe Vitt has said on numerous occasions that no spot is guarranted and that they will put the best player out on the field to help them win. Excellent news for Tanner as well as others scratching for a roster spot.
From what he’s shown so far in camp, Tanner is running routes very well and is able to put himself into scoring positions on numerous plays. He’s caught the eye of the coaching staff as well as the media.