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NFL1000 Wide Receiver Rankings: Saints Had No Special Talent In 2013


Every year after the season is over Bleacher Report ranks the top 1000 players of the season. That’s a lot of work and it’s pretty awesome. You can find the complete list of wide receivers here.

Robert Meachem, #90 (72/100)

Robert Meachem is a deep threat who relies on creating explosive plays downfield. He isn’t asked to run many underneath routes and is more of a straight-line speed player than a quick, elusive player. Meachem has above-average hands and is one of the best in the league at running under the deep ball.

With Joe Morgan out for the entire season the Saints made a smart move last year and brought back the fan-favorite Rob Meachem for a year to fill the Devery Henderson void. Now JoMo is back and Meachem will more than likely not be back in New Orleans. Hopefully he can still be helpful somewhere – I got this feeling it’s not gonna be San Diego though…

Read the full analysis here.

Lance Moore, #74 (75/100)

Hands, 35/50: After a career year in 2012, Lance Moore (5’9”, 190 lbs, eight seasons) fell off a little this past season. He shows good awareness and isn’t afraid to make tough catches across the middle. Moore is a small target with a limited catch radius, but he is sure-handed when the ball is placed near his frame.

It was an overall bad season for Moore and now he is gone. Fans aren’t happy because he is one of the most beloved Saints in the last decade but that’s actually a very good move for the team. Time to move on and get younger and they already started last year with Kenny Stills.

Read the full analysis here.

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Kenny Stills, #40 (82/100)

Hands, 45/50: Kenny Stills wasn’t expected to be an instant contributor in the Saints offense, and yet he emerged as a threat for Drew Brees as the season went on. With just one drop on the year, Stills showed incredible concentration and focus. We’d like to see him extend his catch radius with longer reach for outside passes, but all-in-all, there’s a lot to love here.

Really excited about his potential, can’t wait to have him in my fantasy football team next year!

Read the full analysis here.

Marques Colston, #34 (84/100)

Route Running, 26/30: With his size, Colston shows great positioning and the ability to box out defenders. He lacks the speed to be a deep threat, but as an intermediate and quick-route option, he’s exceptional. The limited route tree you get from Colston does limit his score compared to others.

Age is becoming a factor (speed, drops) for the all-time Saints leading receiver but he’s still very valuable to Drew Brees so he’ll be around for a while.

Read the full analysis here.

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