With just over one week to go until the 2015 NFL season gets under way, franchises across the league are making tough decisions about who deserves a spot on their coveted rosters.
The New Orleans Saints are no different and, according to ESPN reporter Mike Triplett, they have made the call today to reduce by one a receiving corp that is undergoing something of a transition.
Per Triplett, the four-year New Orleans career of wide receiver Nick Toon has come to an end.
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After struggling with injury and poor form in his first couple of years at the Saints, Toon had shown signs late in 2014 that he was finally ready to fulfil his potential. Indeed, after the Saints opted to move on Kenny Stills, Robert Meacham and Jimmy Graham this offseason, there were high hopes for the former Oklahoma star early in 2015.
Like so much of his career to date however, Nick Toon failed to capitalize on an opportunity this offseason/preseason. A lack of impact on the practice field, combined with injury on the gridiron in preseason, means his departure from the franchise was looking increasingly likely as the roster moves towards the final 53.
The 26-year-old racked up 281 receiving yards on 21 receptions in NOLA, 215 of those - including his only NFL touchdown to date - coming during the 2014 season.
Toon's exit from the Saints adds extra weight to the theory that Sean Payton and co. are ready to give responsibility to Brandon Coleman - the second-year receiver likely to take on number three duty behind Brandon Cooks and Marques Colston.
With some significant changes over the past few months, it will certainly be interesting to see how Drew Brees manages his new look offense this campaign.
Saints fans: Do you agree with your team's decisions this offseason? Have your say in the comments below...