There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.
Brandon Coleman is one of several candidates battling for the Saints’ No. 3 and 4 receiver jobs -- along with veterans Nick Toon, Josh Morgan, Joe Morgan and fellow second-year pro Seantavius Jones. So we’re still weeks away from being able to predict the pecking order or declare Coleman as a fantasy football sleeper.
But Coleman, who spent most of last year on the practice squad along with Jones, arguably has the highest upside of the bunch. With his size and physicality, Coleman could be a red zone monster if he's able to realize his potential. So far, so good this summer. Coleman has looked much more fluid, confident and comfortable than last summer when he battled inconsistency.
“He’s stronger now. He’s healthy,” Payton said of Coleman, who spent most of last year on the practice squad. “When we got him he was coming off of a rehab from his knee. And you can see the strength in his lower body when it comes to the breaks he’s making and the cuts he’s making.”
“This confidence kind of comes through getting reps in practice and ultimately it comes through game experience in a game setting that matters,” Payton said. “But I thought his offseason has been very good, and he’s definitely in the hunt.”
The Saints are seemingly set at the top two spots in Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston, though Colston does have some injury concerns. After that, the Saints' receiving corps is wide open. Nick Toon is slated for WR3 duties, but the situation is fluid.
Fourth-year pro Nick Toon will get the first crack at the No. 3 job since he’s been waiting in line the longest. Toon helped his case with a solid finish to last season when he finally got an extended opportunity -- 17 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown over the final six games.
Brandon Coleman’s massive size (6-foot-6, 225) makes him the most intriguing roster contender since he could develop into a red-zone monster. Coleman seemed to be playing faster and more at ease this summer after struggling last summer -- a good sign that he’s on the rise.
Seantavius Jones shouldn’t get lost in Coleman’s shadow. The 6-3, 200-pounder has flashed a great combination of size and athleticism. And he was actually promoted to the active roster ahead of Coleman late last season when the Saints needed injury reinforcements.
The author thinks both Jones and Coleman make the roster while the team parts ways with Josh Morgan and Joe Morgan. The article said Toon (6-4, 218) can help his case even more if he proves to be a strong blocker (a valued skill that used to be one of Meachem’s specialties). Also mentioned was the possibility Colston becomes a red zone threat, taking over for the departed Graham. However, we think C.J. Spiller also takes on a huge role in the passing game from the running back position.
Two standouts again in Saints practice today: Young WRs Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones. In serious danger of early over-hyping.
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.