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WhoDat!656 03-08-2013 05:14 AM

Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
When the New Orleans Saints selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, wide receiver Nick Toon was expected to do big things down in the Bayou during his rookie campaign. That never happened, though, as the Wisconsin alumnus spent the entire 2012 year on the IR list with a foot injury.

With a redshirt year behind him, Toon will look towards the 2013 season with redemption in mind.

Although Toon slipped on draft day, many saw the former Badger as a NFL-caliber receiver whose after-the-catch abilities and knack for finding the end-zone made him an early threat to produce at the next level. After all, he was the son of former Wisconsin great and NFL standout Al Toon.

One of the main reasons for his slide on draft day was his chronic foot issues, which have plagued him throughout his football career. Toon underwent two foot surgeries in college and was visually limited by the nagging injury on several occasions. Still, the Saints saw enough in him to risk one of their five picks in 2012 on the potential-laden prospect.

While overcoming his foot flaws will be his No. 1 priority in 2013, there are a few other areas that Toon must improve on if heís going to be a significant cog in the Saintsí passing attack. Throughout college, Toon dropped catchable balls in critical moments, bringing attention to his lack of concentration in the clutch. He also had issues with battling for jump balls, but both of the aforementioned weaknesses are coachable.

Especially in a day and age of the NFL where the passing game reigns supreme, the Saints could use a talent like Toon. He has the skill set to be productive, and a quarterback in Drew Brees who makes his receivers better. At this point, itís up to him to get healthy and stay there while working out the mental lapses that have handcuffed his potential at times.

The Saints have a solid group of receivers heading into 2013 led by Marques Colston and Lance Moore. Considering that New Orleans annually puts up some of the biggest passing numbers in the league, locking down a No. 3 or No. 4 spot could still allow Toon plenty of opportunities to put his talents on display.

Right now, Toon is facing an uphill battle. With a little drive and determination, though, he can overcome the obstacles that have slowed him thus far. A breakout year is on the horizon for the redshirt rookie.

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dizzle88 03-08-2013 05:24 AM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
I'd stick to trying to stay healthy and get on the field first before claiming he is going to have a "breakout year"

last time I saw him playing he dropped as easy pass in the endzone in preseason

FinSaint 03-08-2013 05:33 AM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
I hope he can deliver in 2013, because the last thing the Saints need is another draft bust.

Potentially, a receiving group of Colston, Moore, Toon and Morgan doesn't sound half bad when you factor in the likes of Graham, Sproles and PT in to that equation.

jeanpierre 03-08-2013 05:34 AM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
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Originally Posted by dizzle88 (Post 484330)
I'd stick to trying to stay healthy and get on the field first before claiming he is going to have a "breakout year"

last time I saw him playing he dropped as easy pass in the endzone in preseason

Exactly...

Anyone can listen to Eminem's 8 mile and get fired up in the offseason...

Joker 03-08-2013 07:16 AM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
Can anyone say Adrianne Arrington, I hope not but it certainly looks that way. Breakout year my but, get on the field and try to earn a roster spot. I'm pulling for Morgan!

hagan714 03-08-2013 07:21 AM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
primed? the dude has not played a down stay healthy or hit the streets. saints paid for best doctors and rehab now lets see if it pays off

Luda34 03-08-2013 07:27 PM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
I'll believe it when I see it I hope so though he's a big guy could be another big target for Brees.

D_it_up 03-08-2013 08:00 PM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
This team is in dire need of receiving depth for insurance if Toon doesn't pan out and if they only use Morgan for deep routes. I'm confident in what Colston and Moore can do, but they aren't going to be able to do it alone. One or two more guys (be it free agency, draft or undrafted free agents) need to be brought in. We need something solid in place instead of having to sign and bounce around the likes of Greg Camarillo.

jeanpierre 03-08-2013 09:49 PM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
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Originally Posted by hagan714 (Post 484351)
primed? the dude has not played a down stay healthy or hit the streets. saints paid for best doctors and rehab now lets see if it pays off

LOL, Now that's the economy talking!

xan 03-09-2013 08:17 AM

Re: Nick Toon primed for breakout year with New Orleans Saints
 
How many of these "primed for a breakout year" articles must we endure?

"I have no data and I'm hungover from spending my paycheck on tequila last night, so I better sell a piece of drivel so my wife doesn't make me sleep on the lawn. "


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