Heading into their third preseason game, the New Orleans Saints seemed to have indicated that they are closer to figuring out their wide receiver depth chart. With the release of veteran receivers Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton on Monday, the Saints appear to have it mostly figured out. It seems likely that second-year man Nick Toon or rookie Kenny Stills will get the nod to fill in that third wide receiver spot on the depth chart.
So far this preseason, Stills and Toon are second on the team in terms of receptions, with five each. Only Preston Parker has more, having hauled in six passes and compiling two touchdowns. Stills has a touchdown as well, and Saints fans likely remember Toon’s 56-yarder against the Oakland Raiders that set up a touchdown last week.
I feel good about these two guys, although I would have felt better had Joe Morgan been able to to fill that spot instead. Morgan showed some talent and ability last season in a limited role and was likely to have gotten the No. 3 spot before having suffered a knee injury in training camp.
I wonder, however, if Breaston and Crayton ever had a chance to make the roster to begin with? I think either one of these two could have provided some good veteran leadership and knowledge on the field, but it’s possible they were brought in just to motivate the younger Stills and Toon.
If that is the case, it seemed to have worked as New Orleans appears to have made up its mind. The game against the Houston Texans this Sunday will be the first quality opponent the Saints face this preseason, so in addition to New Orleans’ defense having the spotlight on them this game, so too will Stills and Toon. It will be helpful for Sean Payton and crew to see how they play against a team that isn’t in disarray.
Barring any huge drop off in quality of play, I’d say that Stills and Toon are the No. 3 and 4 guys.