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The Top 5 Wide Receivers in New Orleans Saints history

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Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) celebrates following a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) celebrates following a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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4.   Eric Martin (1985-1993)

Eric Martin waited an excruciating 178 picks before his name was called in the 7th round of the 1985 draft. He had been a popular local name after setting an SEC record for career receiving yards at LSU. But an awful showing at his pre-draft workouts saw him tumble down draft boards.

What he did over the next 9 seasons with the Saints would prove all of his doubters wrong.

“It takes much more than a 40 time to be a good receiver. And if you got the ball around Eric, he would make plays for you. I always knew that.” – Saints QB Bobby Hebert

He eclipsed the 1000 yard mark 3 times as a Saint and was honored with a Pro Bowl nod in the 1988 season. He was as durable as they come, never missing a game during his 9 seasons in the Black and Gold.

Wide receiver Eric Martin of the New Orleans Saints
1987: Wide receiver Eric Martin /

At the time of his retirement, he was the Saints all-time leader in career receptions, yards and touchdowns. He still sits at 2nd in career yards and receptions for New Orleans, and is still top 5 in career receiving touchdowns.

Playing style

As previously stated, Martin didn’t possess the natural raw athletic ability that most star receivers are known for. But what he lacked in measurables, he made up for in size and technique. At 6’1″ and 207lbs, he had the build of a prototypical receiver – and he knew how to use it.

If corners were playing off coverage, he would win with precise timing and meticulous attention to detail in his route running.

If they were playing press he would win with strength, beating them at the line and then boxing them out throughout the route. That way the cornerback could never get in position to make a play on the ball.

15 NOV 1992: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WIDE RECEIVER ERIC MARTIN MAKES A MOVE AFTER MAKING CATCH DURING 20-21 LOSS TO THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CANDLESTICK PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.
15 NOV 1992: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WIDE RECEIVER ERIC MARTIN MAKES A MOVE AFTER MAKING CATCH DURING 20-21 LOSS TO THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CANDLESTICK PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. /

Combining his impeccable technique with some of the safest hands in the league, he was a constant headache for defensive backs.

Career-defining moment

Martin was part of a magical run in the 1987 season that culminated in the Saints’ first ever playoff appearance. In that game he would catch the only Saints touchdown in what turned out to be a pretty thorough drubbing at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

But considering the Saints long history of mediocrity, scoring the first touchdown in Saints playoffs history would have to be the jewel in the crown of a long and illustrious career.

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