When the New Orleans Saints make final cuts before the beginning of the 2012 regular season, there will be some tough decisions to make when choosing wide receivers. However, Andy Tanner has played well in the first two preseason games, has proven to be a capable receiver and should be considered for a final roster spot. As a New Orleans fan, I like what Tanner has done so far and think he would be a great addition to the 2012 Saints.
With the top three receiver positions held by veterans Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson, there are a number of players vying for the final spots. In addition to rookie Nick Toon and return specialist Courtney Roby, candidates include Tanner, Adrian Arrington and Joseph Morgan. Tanner's solid play has coincided with an Arrington injury and recent concerns about Morgan dropping passes. In my opinion, Tanner has the edge.
After catching four passes for 45 yards in the 2011 preseason, Tanner has been a bigger part of the offense so far this year. He has eight receptions for 120 yards in the Saints' first two games alone. Furthermore, Tanner seems very comfortable with his routes and his sure hands make him a reliable target for the quarterbacks.
Tanner's college career showed that he is capable of success. A receiver for Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas, he played his way into the school's record book in several categories between 2006-09. Among Tanner's school records are his 75 catches and 1,186 yards in a season and his 20 career touchdowns. His 120 career receptions rank third in school history. In one game in 2009, Tanner caught an 80-yard pass and scored three touchdowns for the Mustangs.
In addition to his successful college career, I am excited about the potential I have seen from Andy Tanner as a professional. I believe he could be an asset to this year's New Orleans Saints team, and I would like to see him have the opportunity to produce in the regular season like he has so far in the preseason.
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.