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Saints Training Camp Recap, Day 7: WR Nick Toon Impressing Teammates and Media at Saints Camp

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The 6-foot-4, 218-pound receiver has so far taken full advantage of a wide open battle for one of the roster spots at the WR position. Drew Brees says of Toon "ever since coming into training camp, the light bulb is coming on." Speaking of Brees, it turns out he is absolutely NOT a cheap tipper. It's been confirmed that he tipped $3 for a take-out order and NOT a dine-in order as the douchebags at a website that doesn't deserve to be named tried to make everyone believe.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nick Toon continues to impress: <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett">@MikeTriplett</a>&#39;s first take from Thursday&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice | <a href="http://t.co/TldOcBoNrl">http://t.co/TldOcBoNrl</a> <a href="http://t.co/5EemmJSTjK">http://t.co/5EemmJSTjK</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/363027048786173952">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tipping controversy a shock to <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a>, who smiled and said he&#39;d be happy if that was the biggest controversy of the season</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/363031362208407553">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It&#39;s unreal how much a dad can miss his little princess. Praise God for FaceTime! <a href="http://t.co/KfX6rfN3dv">pic.twitter.com/KfX6rfN3dv</a></p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/363024856473825280">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brees amazed by reaction to takeout tip <a href="http://t.co/d0JIhgs3mv">http://t.co/d0JIhgs3mv</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/363014846775689218">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> Podcast with guests <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/andytanner14">@AndyTanner14</a> and Seneca Wallace: <a href="http://t.co/cHF9nx12lL">http://t.co/cHF9nx12lL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/363003498348019712">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Keeping the task in hand is what our focus is. Another great practice.Our work ethic is unyielding &amp; it WILL pay off <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/363001628602793984">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Our neighbors the <a href="https://twitter.com/PelicansNBA">@PelicansNBA</a> are going to unveil their new uniforms today at 1 pm CT. You can watch it live: <a href="http://t.co/tR5ckgR9gB">http://t.co/tR5ckgR9gB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362991169778626561">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/TheSource">@TheSource</a>:JV how is camp? RT &quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/whodatgallery">@whodatgallery</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51">@JonVilma51</a> <a href="http://t.co/dNMm3aGgWA">pic.twitter.com/dNMm3aGgWA</a>&quot; 4 stitches 2 the nose says it all</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/362981354771726336">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Get your tickets while u can! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23themalcolmjenkinsfoundation&amp;src=hash">#themalcolmjenkinsfoundation</a> <a href="http://t.co/nsRpE9OYkr">http://t.co/nsRpE9OYkr</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/362980873945104386">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Interesting day at Saints camp w/CNN&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/crowleyCNN">@crowleyCNN</a> among other non sports media covering us as we host two female refs - w/Walt Coleman</p>&mdash; Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel/statuses/362980217872060416">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jimmy Graham: just trying to stay alive at camp...not thinking about a contract</p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/statuses/362979242327277568">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mark Ingram was held out of practice today. I can only assume that was done in an effort to protect the linebackers.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/362979369523740672">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Progress Progress Progress No steps Back And u will have a chance....</p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/362974373482725377">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What did stand out was during 1-on-1 WR/DB drills, backups went 1-for-7. Drew Brees went 5-for-6.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/362971098859577344">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sarah Thomas working <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice today <a href="http://t.co/c1jmjSXv4w">pic.twitter.com/c1jmjSXv4w</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/362970697095602176">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The most hilarious part of this Brees tipping story is the part where the restaurant apologized and made a donation to Brees&#39;s foundation.</p>&mdash; ok awesome (@ok__awesome) <a href="https://twitter.com/ok__awesome/statuses/362920258178265089">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Photos from today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice <a href="http://t.co/NtpWeVNLx7">http://t.co/NtpWeVNLx7</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/363037173081051138">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout Saints camp?

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The truth about the dumbest Saints non-story of the year so-far

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Video

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NFL’s Officiating Development Program member Sarah Thomas talks with John DeShazier about how she is working to become the first full-time NFL game official on the New Orleans Saints Morning Report on Thursday, August 1, 2013