Saints rookie wide receiver Nick Toon got the crowd jumping Sunday afternoon with a beautiful, leaping reception over defensive back Elbert Mack. Toon showed great body control to make the catch and control the football as he hit the ground.
But, there were also plenty of groans from the fans, as the rookie from Wisconsin allowed several passes to travel through his hands and to the ground.
"There's ups and downs," said Toon after the practice, "We don't catch everything, but we try to. You just have to make the play when the ball comes."
Making the play is what he did more often than not in college. Toon hauled in 171 career receptions for the Badgers for 2,447 yards and 18 touchdowns. At 6'4" and 218 pounds, he could give Saints star quarterback Drew Brees another big and physical target.
Toon said the key to developing quickly in his rookie campaign is forgetting the drops and disappointments immediately.
"It's not so much the next day, but the next play mentality. You can't do anything about the past, just control the future. Learn from it, move forward and keep playing," he explained.
NFL fans will certainly remember Nick's father, Al Toon, who starred for the New York Jets at wide receiver and was named to three Pro Bowls. The younger Toon said that kind of influence makes the transition from college to pro much easier.
"I think that's part of it. I think it's partly because of the offense I played in during college. I was able to adjust to the speed pretty fast. The next step is fine-tuning the little details, so you can go out and play as fast as possible," he added.
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