Right now, the rookie from Oklahoma would get the first call in nickel packages. Veteran Steve Breaston likely will press him for the spot once he’s acclimated to the offense, but Stills has a significant lead at this point.
Saalim Hakim is in a very interesting position. He might just get a chance as the next Joe Morgan. No one has had as quietly impressive camp appearance so far as Hakim. And his burning speed, he might just make some waves in a crowded, young wide receiver logjam for the Saints that has fallen on hard times with the loss of Joe Morgan.
Now, that doesn’t mean he is assured a spot. Nick Toon, Andy Tanner, and Kenny Stills still have the same amount to prove. Stills even has had the upper hand as of late at the third receiver position. And let us not forget about the recently signed Steve Breaston as well. Jeff Duncan writes that Stills has earned the slot position:
Without both Joe Morgan and Devery Henderson playing for the Saints this season, there is a spot for a fast receiver to help stretch the defense. Later in the same article, Duncan comments that, even with Morgan healthy, Hakim might be the fastest player on the team. His 40 yard dash time at his pro day was an absolutely ridiculous 4.2. The kid is fast, to be sure.
To be fair, he has had some drops and he is still a little raw, even though he played in the UFL and is in his second year in the league. He has had very little starting experience, even on the college level. But so did Joe Morgan before he beat out Henderson at the start of this offseason. Nothing is ever set in stone at Saints camp, they proved that Payton’s first year when he released well-known first-round pick Donte Stallworth for little-known Marques Colston. If Hakim can keep running, and maybe show his worth on special teams, he might just be a godsend for a Morgan-less, Henderson-less team in need of speed.