July 28, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Nick Toon (88) during a training camp practice at the team
Nick Toon is making things really interesting in Saints camp. Mike Triplett reports that Toon continues to “flash” and that he “made a terrific catch in the corner of the end zone during 7-on-7 passing drills, going up high to snag the ball then hanging on and keeping his feet in bounds as he was being shoved to the sideline.” He goes on to say:
"Toon (6 feet 4, 218 pounds) has stood out to me more than any young receiver in Saints camp this summer. He passes the eyeball test as a big, physical target in the mold of Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham."
It seems that maybe Triplett has a bit of a crush on Nick Toon.
In all seriousness, his physical presence is one of the reasons the Saints drafted him in the first place. If you look at many of the Saints moves in the draft or free agency, it is either to prepare themselves for a veteran who has yet to prove themselves (Kenny Vaccaro vs. Malcolm Jenkins or Roman Harper, Terron Armstead vs. Charles Brown) or to prepare themselves for the eventual drop-off in production of an aging veteran (Zach Strief vs. Jon Stinchcomb, Jimmy Graham vs. Jeremy Shockey, Devery Henderson vs. Joe Morgan). While many of these are arguable, it is hard not to at least consider that Toon may be the eventual successor to Marques Colston.
If he never reaches the same heights as Colston or Graham, the very least we can expect out of Toon is a fantastic goal line receiver with the ability to reach balls in places defensive backs can’t. With all of the reports coming from Saints camp this training camp thus far, I believe we can expect to see a lot more than that.