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After Further Review: Toon, Cadet, Griifin excel at Saints minicamp


Wide receiver Nick Toon needs a good offseason and training camp to earn a spot on this roster. Thus far, he's off to a good start. The first thing I've noticed about Toon is how sharp he looks out of his breaks on his routes. Second, he seems to have much more confidence in going up for a ball.

Toon made several nice catches and even caught a deep route from Drew Brees on Tuesday. While he did have one drop, I'd have to say Toon has looked impressive so far.

Cadet taking advantage

Sean Payton specifically mentioned Travaris Cadet when he was asked about Darren Sproles' offseason trade. Clearly, Payton had enough faith in him to help soften the blow of Sproles' exit.

It's shown early on in the sheer number of reps Cadet is getting regardless of who's at quarterback. Cadet has taken advantage and has shown great hands and the ability to run after the catch.

What we won't get a clear picture of is Cadet's true running ability. That won't come until late July when the pads come on.


Other Observations:

-          There was a lot of mixing and matching of personnel at the cornerback position opposite Keenan Lewis. Champ Bailey got some first team reps along with Corey White and Patrick Robinson. Robinson also got some work in at nickel.

-          It looks like we'll have a legitimate battle for the backup to Drew Brees. Ryan Griffin has really grown in his second season with the club as it appears the game has really slowed down for him. Once again, he got some reps with the second team at signal-caller and threw four touchdowns during 7-on-7 red zone drills. He did have one poorly thrown interception to Marcus Ball during team drills.

-          Jonathan Goodwin got his first reps with the starters at center. He alternated in team drills with Tim Lelito.

-          I hope Brandon Coleman is doing his best rookie Marques Colston impression.  Coach Payton likes to tell the story of how bad Colston looked during his rookie OTA's before training camp. In 2006, Colston was out of shape and had several drops. Coleman looks to be suffering from the same issues. He's had quite a few drops and just doesn't look comfortable on the field right now. Colston figured it out to become one of the best to ever play for the Saints. Hopefully, Coleman can do the same.

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