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.