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Toon follows footsteps

NEW YORK -- Nick Toon knows all about tough tasks. His challenges won't get any easier as he heads to the NFL.

Toon, the son of former New York Jets standout Al Toon, was selected in the fourth round of Saturday's draft by the Saints. He can be comforted about going to play with Drew Brees in New Orleans, but Toon recognizes he will be compared to his father -- just as he was at Wisconsin.

"My dad was a great football player," Nick Toon said of Al, who retired prematurely because of concussions. "I don't think anyone would debate that. To go to the same school and play the same position, I think is a challenge. At the same time, I think that the expectations of that challenge follow you to anywhere you are playing football."

That would be the Big Easy, no easy chore if the expectations are he will immediately replace Robert Meachem, who left as a free agent.

"No. 1, I think he has a great pedigree," interim coach Joe Vitt said. "He's a polished route-runner, can catch the ball outside the framework of his body and can make the big play."

Just like his dad did with the Jets from 1985-92.

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