|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 239 lb.|
|Born:||September 22, 1992|
|Drafted:||2016 / UDFA|
Vander Laan is opting out of the 2020 season, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Vander Laan played in two games with the Saints last season, but he was still unable to log his first career target. He was expected to compete for a depth role in New Orleans' tight end corps once again for 2020.
Vander Laan was placed on injured reserve with a head injury Friday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Vander Laan apparently picked up the injury at practice this week, as he was added to the injury report Thursday. Barring an outside addition, Jared Cook and Josh Hill will enter Week 14 as the Saints' only two tight ends.
Vander Laan was promoted to the Saints' active roster Friday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Vander Laan was signed to the Saints' practice squad, back in October, as an insurance policy while Jared Cook worked through an ankle injury. Now a member of the active roster, whether he's active or not, Vander Laan offers very little from a fantasy perspective.
Vander Laan was cut from the Patriots' practice squad Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Vander Laan has been looking for an opportunity to join a 53-man roster since being let go by the Colts following the 2017 season. He got a look from the Patriots after getting picked up in late September, but they have ultimately opted to go in another direction.
Vander Laan signed with the Patriots' practice squad Wednesday.
Analysis: Vander Laan hasn't played in a regular-season game since suiting up for the Colts in 2017. He's a necessary standby asset for the Patriots, however, as Matt LaCosse (calf) and Ryan Izzo (ankle) are battling injuries ahead of Sunday's game versus the Bills.
The Panthers cut Vander Laan on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Vander Laan was promoted from Carolina's practice squad down the stretch of the 2018 season, but did not ultimately suit up for a regular-season contest. He'll now work to catch on elsewhere in the league.
The Panthers signed Vander Laan from their practice squad Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Vander Laan's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of kicker Graham Gano (knee) on injured reserve. The 24-year-old will provide depth at the tight end position behind Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz going forward.
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