Four days into the camp and the hot hand belongs to Nick Toon at receiver. Short or deep ball, he's caught them all.
Toon said,"Oh yeah, you've got to love to get the ball as a receiver. My job is to go out there and make plays. When the ball comes my way I'm going to do everything in my power to go up there and make a play on the ball."
In a crowded group of receivers it's hard to get into the spotlight but coach Sean Payton is well aware of his solid camp after a down year in 2013.
Payton said,"It's been really good this spring and fall and to his credit I thought his training camp last year and in the preseason, he really did some good things." He added,"We were heavy there at that position and it was tough to find a way to get him, not to the game day roster, but get him the touches. But I think he's that's much further along and I definitely expect to see him doing a lot of good things for us."
Toon played in only eight games last season and caught a mere 4 passes.
"I take it as a learning experience and move forward," stated Toon. "Turn a negative into a positive, learn from your past and put yourself in a better position for the future."
The Saints had the second-ranked passing offense last season and if Toon can catch on, he gives quarterback Drew Brees another solid weapon. There's all-pro tight end Jimmy Graham, receivers Marques Colston, Robert Meachem and Kenny Stills. Throw-in rookie Brandin Cooks who has blazing speed and defensive backs throughout the NFL will have a difficult time in trying to hinder the Saints aerial assault in 2014.