Saints wide receiver Marques Colston reaches 700 catches milestone

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Marques Colston caught his 700th career reception Sunday afternoon during the New Orleans Saints’ Week 12 meeting with the Houston Texans.

The “Quiet Storm”, a nickname given to New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston for his consistently brilliant performance on the football field while continually flying under the radar as one of the most underestimated, yet, hard-to-defend pass catchers in the National Football League.

Of course, with age, comes wear and tear, but that’s not to say he hasn’t had a spectacular career since New Orleans drafted him in 2006 out of Hofstra in the seventh and final round.

Colston, 32, holds the NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first two years, as well as being the Saints’ all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.  He continued to make history Sunday against the Houston Texans after catching his 700th career pass and marking his place at 44th (702 receptions) on the all-time list, surpassing NFL greats Gary Clark and Joey Galloway.

Between injuries, dropped passes, and the inability to consistently separate from defenders, Marques Colston’s remarkable career is indeed on the decline.  However, he is still able to turn in the big performance on occasion.  There’s a lot of mileage on those tires, and he’s taken quite the collection of hits over the years — it’s part of the game.

With just 36 receptions for 431 yards and one touchdown in 2015, Marques Colston is on pace to have his least productive year as a Saint, and his future in New Orleans after the season’s end remains in question.  Regardless of what happens in the approaching offseason, Colston will always be one of the greatest to ever play for the Saints.

The “Quiet Storm” will forever be a part of the Who Dat Nation.  He’ll look to continue climbing up the all-time list Sunday when the Saints host the unbeaten Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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