Drew Brees and Keenan Lewis use the phrase "night and day" to describe the difference in Brandon Coleman's play from last year to this year. The 6-foot-6 wideout is becoming more than just a big body as he's far more reliable catching the football and knowing the offense this offseason. At this rate, Coleman could be on his way to transforming into a viable piece in the passing game in 2015.
Talking about wide receivers, Nick Toon has been here for years now, do you think that this could potentially be his year to emerge.
Saints QB Drew Brees: “I do, absolutely. This will be his fourth season and that first year he was injured, the second year he made progress, and then last year he had a chance to kind of break out a little bit and get some opportunities to play once (Brandin) Cooks went down and I felt like made the most of it. We saw glimpses. For him it’s just a matter of repetition and the more opportunities he gets I think the more plays he is going to make. 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 and a great opportunity for him and a great role for him in this offense.”
Toon figures to serve as the WR3 behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The role hasn't traditionally been a big fantasy producer, but Jimmy Graham is gone so the team figures to get less production out of the tight end position. If anything happens to Cooks or Colston, fantasy owners should have Toon on speed dial.
Coleman and Jones are competing with Nick Toon and Joseph Morgan for snaps behind starters Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The Saints spread it around, so the team's WR3 probably won't hold reliable fantasy value, but whoever wins the position should be on speed dial if Cooks or Colston suffers an injury.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:39pm
Thomas had just five carries to Ingram's 11, but as expected, Thomas was a big part in the passing game with six catches for 37 yards. Ingram had a tough time, at one point having seven carries for 0 yards before finishing with a 11-27-0 line. At WR, Toon ended with three catches for 42 yards but it was Kenny Stills who had eight catches for 98 yards and seemed to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective with Cooks not being in the lineup.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:14pm
Jimmy Graham is active for the Saints. Last week, Graham played 41% of the snaps, or 30 plays in total. He's likely to be somewhat limited again in what should be a high-scoring game against the Packers.
The Saints could choose to reduce the number of multiple tight end packages and go with more four-receiver looks against Detroit. That would mean increased snaps for Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem. It could also mean the Saints choose to activate a fifth receiver on game day -- either Joe Morgan or Nick Toon.
Graham's absence will increase the workload for Ben Watson and, to a lesser extent, Josh Hill. We'll start to find out this week if recent tight end acquisition Tom Crabtree will have a meaningful role in the offense.
Hill is more of a "move" TE than Watson, though it was Watson who was targeted heavily (7) when Jimmy Graham was injured. Hill has a couple of touchdowns on the season and can run. Hill played a season-high 32 snaps in Week 5, so he figures to get extra snaps with Graham out.
This is especially good news for rookie WR Brandin Cooks, who could get increased time as the team's WR2. Joseph Morgan and Nick Toon could also contribute at that spot though. Cooks is probably still a wait and see candidate for fantasy lineups to observe how the Saints use him. Most week Cooks will have boom-bust potential given the other targets in the Saints offense.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:30pm
Saints WR Joe Morgan is in a dogfight, though for the fourth and fifth roster spots with Nick Toon and veteran Robert Meachem (also known for his combination of excellent blocking and deep speed). It’s hard to imagine the Saints will keep all three of them, since they typically keep only four receivers active on game days. But it’s also hard to imagine any of the three getting cut just yet.
Saints WR Nick Toon said he feels more comfortable with each passing year, and he's started to put together the second of two nice offseasons. Toon was showcased often in the three days of minicamp practice, and outside of one bad drop, he put together several nice plays.
It's clear the Saints see potential in the relatively inexperienced receiver, who spent 2012 on injured reserve. HC Sean Payton didn't talk in terms of roster spots when asked about Toon. Instead, he said he envisioned a bigger plan for him.
"I would expect him to play a bigger role for our offense this season," Payton said. "He's doing well here in this offseason. His progress is important to us. With the loss of a number of players, particularly Lance Moore, I think you'll see more snaps for him and more opportunities."
Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks are considered locks to make the final roster, and the Saints typically carry five wide receivers, so Toon is competing with Robert Meachem and Joe Morgan (among others) for the final two spots. From a fantasy standpoint, he won't have much value if he's the Saints' WR4, but he's a player to monitor as the offseason (and attrition) wears on.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:28pm
Saints QB Drew Brees on WR Nick Toon: "I think he has come along extremely well. I’ve been very impressed with some of the things I’ve seen from him out here. He’s another big target that can run well, he transitions very well for a big guy. You watch the way he catches the ball sometimes and it’s so confident, he goes and he goes after it and plucks it. He’s very natural and confident when he catches the ball which you like to see. I think he can have big contributions on this team. I know that it’s extremely competitive with the receiver position right now with a lot of guys fighting for spots but he’s certainly right in the mix.”
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 1:31pm
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 11:02pm
If Nick Toon struggles this preseason and can’t secure a top-four spot in the rotation, then he might lose out to a younger player like Brandon Coleman for that fifth or sixth “redshirt” spot. But Toon has a much better chance of cracking the top four and actually seeing some significant playing time this year.
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 12:41pm
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett gives his thoughts on the team's receiving corps:
Nick Toon could have done more to force the Saints to keep him in the lineup when he had the chance (see: Khiry Robinson, Chris Ivory, etc.) And that’s what he’ll have to do this preseason. The Saints are still high on Toon’s potential, but he’ll have to earn his spot.
As for Joe Morgan, I had him written in ink last summer as the Saints’ No. 3 receiver after he did so well as both a deep threat and a developing blocker in 2012. Then he missed another full season with a knee injury. So it’s impossible to predict how quickly he’ll return to full health and shake off the rust.
It’s possible that Morgan and Robert Meachem will be competing for one spot since they both play a similar role – especially if the Saints add a speedy receiver in the draft. As usual, it will be one of the most intriguing position battles in camp.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs.
There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.
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