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Eric Martin, New Orleans Saints
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. Wide Receiver. 1985-93. Eric Martin. 14. player. 15

Like many of the other wide receivers on this list, Eric Martin wasn’t exactly a superstar during his time with the Saints. While that may be the case, his productivity and reliability as a go-to threat for the New Orleans passing game made him worth including on this list.

Ranked second all-time in most of the Saints’ receiving categories, Martin was the model of consistency for a team that struggled to consistently put notches in the win column. For seven straight seasons, he led the team in receiving, carving out a role for himself as one of the NFL’s best possession receivers of that era.

Prior to Marques Colston’s arrival many years later, Martin owned a number of the Saints’ receiving records. He was the favorite target of starting quarterback Bobby Hebert, even earning himself a Pro Bowl nod in 1988, a year after helping the Saints secure their very first playoff berth.

Compared to today’s elite athletes and high-flying wide receivers, Martin wasn’t anything special. What he did do though, was provide the Saints with a reliable pair of hands and a proven presence in the passing game. It may not seem like it on paper, but that absolutely puts Martin in position to earn this ranking.