New Orleans Saints rookie Nick Toon has been injured for the entire preseason thus far as he has been battling a foot injury. Toon is doubtful for the Saints’ next preseason game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, August 25th. With Toon not seeing any preseason action so far it’s among many NFL rumors sparking that Toon might not even make the Saints’ 53-man roster.
Toon sustained a foot injury during practice on August 2nd, and Toon described it as a “tweak” at the time. However, Toon’s injury seems more serious than a “tweak” since he has missed the past three weeks. The question is, without any preseason experience, will Toon make the roster?
I honestly think that despite his injury, Toon’s roster spot is safe. Toon was the Saints’ fourth round selection and they seem to be invested in him. Toon has drawn comparisons to teammate and fellow wide receiver Marques Colston. It is evident that the Saints drafted Toon to be the wide receiver of the future and the successor to Colston. Furthermore, Toon has a good pedigree as his father Al Toon played in the NFL.
The Saints claim that Toon will be back sometime this week but he will likely not play in the next preseason game. I would like to see Toon play at least one preseason game just to see what he can do. Toon has great size (6’4″ 218 pounds) and runs routes well but I still think he needs to earn his stripes with the Saints.
Before the foot injury, Toon was considered one of the favorites to claim the number four receiver position but his injury has been a big setback. However, the competition is still going on and with injuries to wide receiver Adrian Arrington and Andy Tanner the number four receiver is still up for grabs. If Toon can come back in the Saints’ final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans he could have a chance to claim the number four spot.
Toon would have to bring his A-game when he returns if he wants the number four spot as he will need to get up to speed with the other receivers on the Saints’ roster. The entire time Toon has been injured he has been on the sidelines taking “mental reps” as he prepares to come back from injury. I think we will see Toon this season and I hope his foot injury will not hinder him in his rookie season.
Toon is a promising player and I think the Saints got another late round steal. Toon just needs to stay healthy and I am sure he will be another great young star for the Saints.
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