Saints expecting more from Nick Toon this season

AP

The Saints took wide receiver Nick Toon in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, and in his first three seasons he hasn’t done much. Toon spent his rookie season on injured reserve, caught four passes in 2013 and caught 17 passes in 2015.

This year, the Saints think things will be different.

Saints coach Sean Payton said that the team has seen more from Toon than just the limited amount he’s shown in games, and the Saints believe he can be a significant player in their passing game this season.

“We saw at times last year in practice, even though he’s not receiving reps in the games, certainly we’ve seen his progression, he understands the system well and he’s working hard,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “I think the key is just getting snaps, but I think we’ll see his snaps go way up.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees noted that when Toon started getting playing time late last season, he made the most of it, with all 17 of his catches last year coming in Weeks 12-17.

“I felt like he made the most of it, we saw glimpses,” Brees said. “We’ve had the ability to maneuver him around and give him more opportunities that way, and he’s been able to handle it very well. So I’m excited for Nick Toon. He’s got a great opportunity. I think there’s a great fit for him.”

The Saints’ two leading receivers from last year, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, are gone this year. That means someone is going to have to pick up the slack. That someone may be Toon, who will get a lot more opportunities than he has in his first three seasons.

26 responses to “Saints expecting more from Nick Toon this season

  1. Well, lets think of it this way, with the facts:

    Fact: Drew Brees led the NFLs #1 offense in 2014 (despite the 7-9 record).

    Fact: Drew Brees has also led the #1 offense in the league without both Stills and Graham.

    Fact: Drew Brees has led a top 5 offense in the NFL for the past 9 seasons.

    Fact: The Saints won a superbowl without either Stills or Graham on the roster.

    Sleeping on this team would be irresponsible.

  2. Sleeping on this team would be irresponsible.

    The Phoenix University Lionesses would probably do well too in that division……..juuuuust saying’.

  3. The Phoenix University Lionesses would probably do well too in that division……..juuuuust saying’.

    The division they play in have absolutely nothing to do with the FACTS he stated…… Juuuuuuust saying.

  4. The Phoenix University Lionesses would probably do well too in that division……..juuuuust saying’.
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    Clearly all the Saints’ past successes can be directly attributed to a weak division and no credit should ever go to 1st Ballot HOFer Drew Brees and 2009 Coach of the Year Sean Payton

  5. If he has ready caught 17 passes in 2015 hes gonna have a breakout year. Must draft for your fantasy squad. Guy produces when games aren’t even being played.

  6. Brees leads the league in offense because he passes on every play (hyperbole) and never leaves the game regardless of the score. Not because he is a competitor but because he is a statwhre (truth).

    It would be irresponsible to disagree with facts.

  7. Scooch, your logic is polluted. So, just so I’m clear: in a quarterback driven league such as we have now where defenses are scrambling to keep up with Brees, Rodgers, Luck, etc…Brees passes too much. So that’s why he’s so successful…what a silly reason for a quarterback to be highly touted…cause he passes too much.

    Using your logic (bafoonery), JJ Watt must tackle too much also, right?

  8. chc4 says:
    Jul 8, 2015 1:30 PM

    Sounds like a lot of wishing and hoping.

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    Yes, because the Saints haven’t been able to produce good receivers over the last years. What a freakin’ pipe dream!

  9. mdd…would it be too much for you if I told you that the Brees/Colston combo will undoubtedly move into 3rd best in NFL history this coming season.

    #1 Manning/Harrison
    #2 Young/Rice
    #3 Marino/Clayton
    #4 Brees/Colston

    Kinda kills your argument, I know.

  10. Cooks? yeah for sure!! 100+ Catche son the way for that guy.

    Colston? … mmm okay i can go along with that, Graham’s targets have to go somewhere right? he shoulde have a nice season.

    CJ Spiller out of the backfield? Sure if i squint i can see it…

    Toon? um no. sorry, not buying.

  11. kamthechancellor says:
    Jul 8, 2015 3:04 PM
    Who dat? No seriously, is this the guy replacing Graham? Never heard of him.

    READ THE DAMN ARTICLE BEFORE POSTING!!! Anyway, Toon is very athletic, he did show signs last season in his limited playing time. I expect for his stats to be good just as all the other receivers and two back up TEs, Hill and Watson we have.

  12. Badger fan pulling for Toon to make it. He’s got a great opportunity to slide into a major role with a great offense. The pedigree, size, speed and strength are there. He’s a vet now let’s see what he can do. Cooks and Spiller will likely see the majority of the targets, with Colston I imagine taking a reduced role again. I like Nick for 60 catches plus. Optimism!

  13. boisestatewhodat says:
    Jul 8, 2015 5:02 PM

    mdd…would it be too much for you if I told you that the Brees/Colston combo will undoubtedly move into 3rd best in NFL history this coming season.

    #1 Manning/Harrison
    #2 Young/Rice
    #3 Marino/Clayton
    #4 Brees/Colston

    Kinda kills your argument, I know.

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    Dude, it was sarcasm.

  14. I love the haters man. They still don’t get it. Number 9 makes this offense roll, not (insert any name here). Keep sleeping on this offense, you’ll see. Drew Brees with an offensive line, cmon man you really think he won’t still tear a defense up?? Clearly haters have no idea what kind of depth we have at WR. There’s a reason why we were table to just trade one away (Stills), and didn’t even need to draft one. Keep up the hate. We’re getting closer by the day boys. Hate hate hate.

  15. The saints lost to the falcons twice last year with Jimmy Graham. What they are really lacking is a sproles in the backfield. If the O-line gets better with the additions this year the team should be much better over all. brees would have more time, the run game, balance etc. etc. Oh yeah that jarius Byrd guy might help too.

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