September 1, 2010

Saints cut 7th round pick Canfield, Tanner to get to 75

To get down to the league-mandated 75-player limit yesterday, the Saints released seventh round pick QB Sean Canfield and undrafted rookie WR Andy Tanner.

The Saints released five players last week, before the third preseason game, to get down to 75, but then added two more players, LB KC Asiodu and DT Kendrick Clancy.

The Saints drafted Canfield, the lefty from Oregon State, in the seventh round of April's draft.  He signed his rookie deal in July, when the Saints didn't have a clear cut #2 quarterback behind Brees.

But even then Canfield was a long shot to make the roster, on a team that may only keep two quarterbacks.  He did not attempt a pass in preseason so far and kneeled off the final three snaps against Houston.  The ascension of Chase Daniel may force the Saints to keep three quarterbacks at least to begin the season, behind Drew Brees and veteran Patrick Ramsey.  

Tanner was also a long shot to make the roster, behind the super four of Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore.  Tanner, a rookie from Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, TX, earned a contract after the Saints' post-draft rookie minicamp tryouts.

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