Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Andy Tanner (14) runs after a catch against the Houston Texans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Saints won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints made the cut to just 53 players on Saturday, and while there were some surprises, fan-favorite wide receiver Andy Tanner ended up making the final roster.
Tanner put together yet another nice preseason for the second year in a row, but this time he managed to stay healthy in the process and is now set to be active on NFL gamedays with the Saints.
Tanner had this to say about his cut day experience per Larry Holder of NOLA.com:
"It definitely was a nerve-racking process,” Tanner said Saturday afternoon, about 20 minutes after the NFL’s 5 p.m. CST deadline. “Today was definitely one of the longest days of my life.“I was trying not to watch the clock and hoping the phone wasn’t going to ring today. But it feels good to have finally made it and to know my hard work has paid off.”“I think they like my consistency,” Tanner said. “I was able to make plays when I had the chance. And definitely knowing the playbook is a big thing. I can play a lot of positions and can stretch the field. I also showed them I could play special teams as well.”"
Tanner has one thing right—the team loves his consistency. He may not see a lot of playing time right away, but he’s valuable depth and is already on the same page as Drew Brees.
The hardest part for Tanner is now over.
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