The New Orleans Saints have signed eight players to their practice squad, retaining quality young players who could help the team if needed this year. As a fan of the Saints, a team that relies so much on its offense, I was excited to see wide receiver Andy Tanner and tight end Michael Higgins on the practice squad list. If injuries should occur at these positions, I am confident that Tanner and Higgins could be productive players based on their past performances.
Tanner was having an excellent preseason before suffering an unfortunate ankle injury. In the Saints' first three games, he caught eight passes for 120 yards. He looked great running his routes and showed confidence in the middle of the field. While other receivers seemed to struggle, Tanner was a solid target.
The wide receiver position may need some help at some point this year, following a preseason filled with injuries. Rookie Nick Toon finally took the field in the team's last game, before being placed on the injured reserve list. Meanwhile, Adrian Arrington was sidelined for all five contests, but he is listed on the team's final roster. Joe Morgan was a bright spot with 15 catches, 182 yards and two touchdowns, but he did have some drops early. Considering these issues, Tanner could have the opportunity to work his way onto the active roster this year.
Higgins, on the other hand, gained valuable experience last season. He played in two games during the regular season and then played both playoff games, catching a 10-yard pass against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Saints have one the league's best tight ends in Jimmy Graham, but the team has used multiple tight ends effectively. Quarterback Drew Brees utilizes multiple weapons, and Higgins' hands can help. This preseason he totaled 14 receptions and 139 yards.
The Saints kept five running backs on the final roster and are likely set for the year there. But with wide receiver and tight end being key positions for the team, it is good to have Tanner and Higgins adding depth to the practice squad.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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