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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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1. Marques Colston (2006-2015)

There’s so much to say about the man who never said anything. Marques Colston was yet another overlooked receiver who flourished with the Saints. He was picked fourth from last in the 2006 draft.

Colston came in and performed immediately. He had one of the greatest rookie receiving seasons in league history, going for 1038 yards and 8 touchdowns on 70 catches. And he hit those marks despite playing in only 14 games.

The bond Colston formed with fellow Saints newcomer Drew Brees in his first season would lead them to become one of the all-time great QB/WR tandems in history.

Over the course of his entire career, Colston never caught a touchdown pass from another quarterback.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) makes a reception during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Saints 24-6. The Texans defeated the Saints 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Marques Colston would finish his career as the Saints leading receiver in receptions (711), yards (9759) and touchdowns (72).

Astonishingly, Colston would go his entire career without a single Pro Bowl selection. Oddly, it feels like that kind of suits his demeanor.

Playing style

Colston lacked a mean streak, and chose instead to go about his business in a methodical, almost clinical manner. He was an enormous target, standing at 6’4″ and 225, but he had sneaky speed too.

He was a crisp route runner. And on top of that, his chemistry with Brees allowed him to make adjustments in his routes that only the two of them would know about.

He could high-point the ball on a deep sideline route, or he could catch it in a crowd over the middle. It didn’t matter what was asked of him, Colston would get the job done. His strength, length, and that sneaky speed made him a bit of a handful after the catch as well.

New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) fights off Tennessee Titans defensive back B.W. Webb (38) in the second half of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Titans won, 34-28, in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Career-defining moment

This could easily be the Super Bowl win to cap off the ’09 season, but I feel a more fitting moment to epitomize Colston’s career would be his first touchdown. This was his first game as a rookie, week 1 of the ’06 season. It took him only 3 quarters of pro football to find the end zone.

It also happened to be Drew Brees’ first touchdown in a Saints uniform.

Seeing two players both embarking on a path towards NFL greatness together, in the Saints first season back home after Hurricane Katrina. There’s never been a more defining moment.

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