The New Orleans Saints are always adding weapons to the offense for QB Drew Brees. Nick Toon was drafted by the black and gold in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the potential of being a next-level mainstay at the wide receiver position.
He was undervalued as a prospect coming out of the University of Wisconsin, drawing comparisons to Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson. As a senior with the Badgers, Toon was QB Russell Wilson‘s top target, reeling in 64 grabs for 926 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big 10 as a sophomore in 2009 and was a Second-Team All-Big 10 selection after his senior year in 2011.
At 6-foot-4, he’s got the size and ball skills to be a dominant target. However, in his limited playing time, he has come up short in big situations. One of the most memorable moments came against the New York Jets in Week 9 of last season — a couple of dropped passes that helped secure a Saints’ loss. The son of Al Toon, a former Jets Pro-Bowl wideout, he has been plagued with injuries since making his way into the NFL.
He will be retuning for his third season with the Saints with only eight games and three starts under his belt, totaling four receptions for 68 yards. Heading into training camp he knows that his job is on the line. New Orleans has 11 receivers on the roster at the moment and it is likely that only six or seven of them will make the final cut.
Joe Morgan and Robert Meachem seem to be locked in behind Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks, but that can change. An all-out positional battle between Toon, Andy Tanner, Brandon Coleman, Steve Hull, Charles Hawkins and Seantavius Jones is highly anticipated.
A strong and healthy performance at OTAs and minicamp helped him outshine some of his competitors, although hr will need to continue that in order for him to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The potential is endless for Nick Toon; he’s got the size and skill-set to be an outstanding offensive weapon. If he can remain healthy throughout camp and preseason, we should him out on the field for the black and gold when the regular season gets under way.