On Tuesday Brees was caught hyping the Saints’ 2012 fourth-round pick as No. 9 reportedly compared Toon to Vincent Jackson, who Brees spent less than half a season with while the two playing for the San Diego Chargers in 2005. Jackson is considerably larger than Toon as the former stands at 6-foot-5 and weights 241 lbs, while Toon is a mere 215 lbs and is just 6-foot-2.
Aside from the glaring difference in size, these two wide receivers really aren’t comparable considering Jackson was a second-round pick and a highly-regarded prospect and Toon was easily had in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Rather than harp on Brees for his blind optimism, let’s take a look at how Toon fits into the Saints’ revamped offensive scheme in this his second season.
Marques Colston is the obviously No. 1 wide receiver for New Orleans while Lance Moore is fresh off of his first 1,000 yard receiving season and sits at No. 2. Therefore, Toon will have to work his way up in order to get a ton of targets from Mr. Brees. Something else to keep an eye on; head coach Sean Payton will be back in the fold this season and hasn’t pulled any punches about the running game being a bigger focus for the Saints.
Even still, Toon looks impressive after missing the entire 2012 campaign due to a foot injury and hey — when Drew Brees compares you to a three-time All Pro then you know you’re doing something right.