New Orleans Saints G Andrew Tiller
Conference Call With New Orleans Media
Saturday, April 28, 2012
What did Doug Marrone tell you about the Saints?
"He just told me it's a great place to work at and he loved the guys that worked there and I am going to love them too."
You played tackle right?
"I play guard, but yes I have played tackle. In high school I played defense and offense."
How did playing offense and defense help you?
"I felt like it helped me a lot because playing defense you have to have attitude and I brought that intensity to the O-line."
What height and weight did you play at this year?
"I was 6'5", 328 lbs."
What was it like to play for Doug Marrone?
"It was a great experience. He is an O-line guy. He knows everything, he knows what he is talking about especially when it comes to the O-line. He helped me out tremendously. And no, I haven't talked to him yet."
What did the Saints tell you? Do you want you to play guard?
"I will play wherever they want me to play. They didn't really tell me too much, just about the rookie Mini-camp in two weeks, but other than that I will play wherever. The last few years I played right guard."
How has your weight been over the years at Syracuse?
"When I first got up to Syracuse I weighed 408 lbs but that was because I had a season ending injury back in 2008, so I didn't play that whole year. I put on a lot of weight over that time, but once I got to Syracuse I took off 70 lbs in a matter of three or four months. My weight hasn't been an issue since."
It seems like you like to eat, this isn't the best place for someone who likes to eat.
"Yeah, I heard the food down there is really good."
How did you do on the bench press at the combine and pro day?
"I didn't do too well on the bench press. I only benched 16 times at the combine and 17 times at the pro day."
Do you take pride in your run blocking and do you think that is what attracted the Saints to you?
"Yes I do. I love to run block. I just love to get after it. I am a good pass blocker but I love to run the ball. That's just my thing right there. Run blocking skills, pass blocking skills, and just me as an overall person. No off the field issues besides that one a little further back and that wasn't my fault. I think it was a combination of everything."
Can you elaborate on what happened?
"About two years back we were out one night and we got hit by an 18-wheeler, me, Mike Will, Antwone Bailey, and Torrey Ball, but the driver was at fault and he said it in the police report. We weren't arrested and no one was hurt. The car was totaled but no one got hurt."
How familiar are you with the Saints O-line?
"Actually, we watch a lot of the Saints film. I watched the right guard, Jahari Evans, so I am pretty familiar with the O-line."
How can you complement what you have seen and what can you bring to this offense?
"I can bring that intensity that every offensive line needs. I am going to come to work every day. No days off."