5. Lance Moore (2006-2013)
I must confess; this number 5 spot was a bit of a toss-up between Lance Moore and Brandin Cooks. Mainly because of the historic pace Cooks had set before being traded to New England. Moore won out in the end due to his prolonged consistency and his positive influence on the team dynamic.
He sits at 5th place all-time for franchise career receptions and touchdowns, and has the 7th most career receiving yards of any Saints player.
The fact that he was a Super Bowl champion didn’t hurt his case either.
Moore was known mostly for his shifty quickness and ability to make the tough catches across the middle of the field. He was no one-trick pony though, and was more than comfortable getting after the deep ball.
He never put up the flashiest numbers, but he had a knack for coming up clutch in tight situations. As a result he earned the full trust of Drew Brees.
Looking back now, one moment remains a perfect example of the type of dependable, clutch player that he was…
If you look at the box score for Super Bowl XLIV, it will show only two Lance Moore catches for 21 yards. But it was his 3rd catch – a simple ‘out’ route for a two-point conversion – that Moore will be remembered for.
His mid-air acrobatics to break the plane gave the Saints a full 7-point lead with 5:42 left to play.
It was undoubtedly one of the biggest moments in the history of the franchise, and Mr. Dependable didn’t disappoint.