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.
Saints wideouts Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Nick Toon combined for 192 receiving yards in a losing effort Sunday against Atlanta.
Colston led the way with a team-high six catches on 10 targets for 80 yards. Stills finished as the team's second leading receiving, posting six catches for 68 yards on eight targets. Toon cracked the 40-yard mark again with three catches for 44 yards in a 30-14 defeat.
New Orleans will end their 2014 campaign against Tampa Bay in Week 17.
The Saints got myriad contributions in their Week 15 win in Chicago. Among them, wideout Nick Toon caught all four of his targets for 43 yards, but lost a fumble. Running back Khiry Robinson ran three times for 10 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards.
Fullback Erik Lorig had a 1-yard carry. Tight end Benjamin Watson added a 5-yard grab.
They'll all face Atlanta on Sunday.
Several Saints skill position players made minimal contributions in a blowout loss Sunday to Carolina. The only difference for tight end Benjamin Watson is that one of his two catches for eight yards went for a 7-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The most prolific of the bunch was Nick Toon, who caught four passes for 45 yards. Travaris Cadet had two receptions for 13 yards and a run for five yards. Kenny Stills caught three for 23 yards while Joseph Morgan added two for 23 yards.
Saints' wide receiver Nick Toon caught both of his targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
It was only Toon's fourth game this year. Toon and the Saints will take on the Panthers next Sunday.
Saints third-year wideout Nick Toon set career highs Monday night with three catches for 42 yards in the loss to the Ravens. The five targets he received also were a career best.
Toon is seeing increased snaps due to injuries to Brandin Cooks and Robert Meachem.
"Obviously, I prepare every week like I'm playing," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I got an opportunity to go out there and get some good work in. Hopefully, I can continue to be out there contributing and I just have to build off of what we did last night."
New Orleans visits the Steelers on Sunday.
The following players have been ruled inactive for the Saints in Week 11 against the Bengals: WR Robert Meachem, RB Pierre Thomas, RB Edwin Baker, RB Khiry Robinson, G Senio Kelemete, OT Nick Becton and WR Nick Toon.
The following players were officially ruled inacitve for the Saints Thursday night against Carolina: Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson, Austin Johnson, David Hawthorne, Jonathan Goodwin, Nick Toon and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
The Saints declared running backs Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm), linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle), center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle), wideouts Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste inactive for Sunday night's game against the Packers.
The Saints declared defensive back Patrick Robinson (hamstring), wideouts Joe Morgan and Nick Toon, linebackers Ramon Humber (ankle) and Kyle Knox (ankle), fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) and nose tackle Brandon Deaderick inactive for the game at Detroit.
Saints defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, wide receiver Nick Toon, wide receiver Joe Morgan, linebacker Ronald Powell, running back Mark Ingram, fullback Erik Lorig and safety Jairus Byrd were all ruled inactive Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay.
As expected, running back Mark Ingram (hand) is on the inactive list issued by the Saints for their Week 3 game against Minnesota. Also out with injuries are safety Marcus Ball (hamstring), fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) and linebacker David Hawthorne (ankle).
The healthy scratches are cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, nose tackle John Jenkins and wide receiver Nick Toon.
Healthy scratches dominate the inactive list released Sunday by the Saints in Cleveland. The lone two injured players are safety Marcus Ball (hamstring) and fullback Erik Lorig (ankle).
The other inactives are wideouts Nick Toon and Joseph Morgan, cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, guard Senio Kelemente and defensive end Glenn Foster.
The Saints' list of inactives for Week 1 at Atlanta includes WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps), defensive back Marcus Ball (hamstring), fullback Erik Lorig (ankle), defensive back Stanley Jean-Baptiste, offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, wide receiver Nick Toon and defensive lineman John Jenkins.
Jean-Baptiste, Kelemete, Toon and Jenkins are all healthy scratches.
In his battle with Joe Morgan and Robert Meachem for two roster spots, Saints receiver Nick Toon is making a strong early impression, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
"He's healthy. He's really running well. It was tough last year with the numbers of getting him into the rotation," coach Sean Payton told the paper. "This year I definitely see him as someone who competes and factors in for not only playing time, but for touches. He has done well these first few days."
Saints receiver Nick Toon looked good in OTA workouts recently. According to ESPN, the Saints are still high on Toon and like his potential even though he struggled last year and didn't play during his rookie season.
Toon had four catches for 68 yards last year.
Saints second-year receiver Nick Toon was usually inactive the second half of the season, but general manager Mickey Loomis said the organization is not down on him. "The only thing holding Nick back is the number of opportunities," Loomis said, per ESPN.com. "He'll get those going forward."
Noon dropped a bomb in the Week 9 loss at the Jets and was rarely seen after that. He finished the season with four catches for 68 yards. Signed cheaply for the next two seasons, Toon could play more if the Saints part ways with veteran Lance Moore.