The Cowboys won't find another Dez Bryant out there, but they are at least trying to land the best temporary replacement for their injured star receiver. Among those working out on Tuesday is former Giants standout Hakeem Nicks. Austin Pettis, Nick Toon and Clyde Gates are also getting a look, per the Dallas Morning News. Bryant went down in Week 1 with a fractured right foot that was surgically repaired Monday. He is expected to remain out for at least six weeks. The 27-year-old Nicks is perhaps the most intriguing of the four. He was among the last cuts by Tennessee this year, but he is just two years removed from an 896-yard season with the Giants.
The Saints reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Nick Toon (ankle) on Tuesday, making him a free agent. He was placed on injured reserve last week.
After going unclaimed on waivers, the Saints placed safety Vinnie Sunseri , receiver Nick Toon and linebacker Ronald Powell on injured reserve, according to The Times-Picayune.
With the Saints losing players who combined for 239 receptions last season, the door is open wider than ever for fourth-year receiver Nick Toon to finally make his mark on the team, per NOLA.com. Toon has 21 career receptions, including 17 last season. Now, he's got a clear path to be the team's No. 3 wideout, but he isn't banking on anything. "No, I don't have any more security. It's one of those things, whether you're an undrafted free agent or the first pick in the draft, you can never get complacent in this field," he said. "There's always someone coming in, looking to compete for your job. Complacency will cut your career short. You can never be complacent in this industry."
The path is clear for Saints wide receiver Nick Toon to earn more playing time than ever. But he realizes that he must get on that path and stay on it through superior performance. The offseason losses of Kenny Stills, Jimmy Graham and Robert Meacham should result in more reps for Toon, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He has been buried on the depth chart, though he did catch a career-high 17 passes last year. He believes that now is the time for him to step up and break out. "Pressure is not something that I've every worried about or thought about," he told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just try to be consistent. Anything outside of that is out of my control, so do what you've got to do to put yourself in the best position for things to work out." Toon has a shot at the third receiver role behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|10||11/13||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|12||11/27||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|13||12/04||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|16||12/24||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|3 Year Avg||12||7||94||0||5||13.43||9|