What Can Nick Toon Bring To The St. Louis Rams


The St. Louis Rams have the worst offense in the NFL, and it has shown the past three weeks. Head coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams worked out seven wide receivers before their 12-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and looks to be they have found at least one worth holding on to. That receiver is Nick Toon, who was recently signed to the Rams practice squad. Toon was with the New Orleans Saints for the past two seasons, drafted in the fourth round by the Saints in 2012. 

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Who is Nick Toon you may ask? Toon played all four years of his college football at the University Of Wincosin, and caught 171 passes for 2,447 yards along with 18 touchdowns, 10 of those touchdowns in his final year.

Toon played in 16 games for the Saints in three years, and caught 21 passes for 283 yards along with a lone touchdown. This is by no means a player that will change the Rams offense from worst to first, but a change in pace and a bigger target for Nick Foles to throw too should he find the active roster. The Rams receiving core looked like a high school team on Sunday with drops from Lance Kendricks, Kenny Britt and Jared Cook.

Toon had some success in his final year with the Saints after tight end Jimmy Graham went down with an injury, as he totaled 215 yards in a short six game span. Toon has the ability to be a deep threat, but he plays more of a possession receiver with his big frame. Toon at 6’4″ 218 lbs, will be one of the bigger receivers on the Rams if they bring him up.

Toon is currently on the practice squad, as Tuesday afternoon the Rams cut Isaiah Pead, and brought up corner back Brandon McGee to the 53-man roster.

Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon (88) against the Buffalo Bills prior to a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti have voiced throughout the last few weeks that wide receiver Brian Quick had some catching up to do after missing a huge part of the last season and preseason due to a shoulder injury.

It’s just a matter of time before Quick can take the field, but Fisher could have made the move to sign Toon just in case something goes wrong. The move may also show his receivers that he is willing to bring in someone new to replace the under performers. If the Rams cut another player from the team, there could be a high chance Toon will join the team.

Besides Toon having the upper hand in size, he also has a strong route speed. Toon can run 60 yards in about 4.5 seconds. He has the size, and the passion, how long does it take for Foles and Toon to become best friends? It’s up to coach Fisher now to decided how to get this offense going, and he has a new wide receiver on the practice squad to help. Welcome to the Rams Nick Toon.