METAIRIE, La. ― The Saints have cut seventh-round draft pick Sean Canfield and undrafted free agent Andy Tanner to get to the NFL’s mandated 75 roster spots.
Canfield came to the Saints as a project that Head Coach Sean Payton hoped would turn into an NFL-caliber quarterback. But Canfield, who started in 24 of the 25 games he played in at Oregon State, never progressed during preseason work. He took only three snaps, all kneel-downs against the Texans.
He finished his career with the Beavers completing 67.9 percent of his passes and recording 3,217 yards and 21 touchdowns in his four years in Corvallis, Ore.
Tanner, meanwhile, signed with the Saints on May 13 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Midwestern State. He played in 38 games with the Division II school, earning honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors.
Tanner played in two of the three preseason games he was with the Saints, but didn’t record a catch and wasn’t thrown to.
The Saints will play Tennessee on Thursday night at 7 o’clock with 75 players, then must cut the roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday.