A young, unproven receiver will likely find himself on the field this fall for a Saints passing game that has been among the NFL's best since Sean Payton and Drew Brees joined forces in New Orleans in 2006.
Payton and wide receiver coach Henry Ellard, a former standout NFL receiver himself, will spend the next few months determining whether one of two recent draft choices or a host of undrafted free agents on the roster deserve that shot.
''At this point, it's hard to say,'' Ellard, now in his second season on New Orleans' staff, said after the first practice of minicamp on Tuesday. ''We're keeping it wide open and changing the rotation, each and every day at practice and seeing how guys respond in different situations.''
The candidates include Kenny Stills, who was drafted in the fifth round of this year's draft out of Oklahoma, and second-year pro Nick Toon, who missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury after being drafted in the fourth round out of Wisconsin.