The New Orleans Saints have demonstrated that they have an eye for undrafted talent.
Last season alone, Deonte Harris went undrafted but became a Pro Bowl returner for the organization. This year, former Tennessee Volunteers’ wideout Marquez Callaway is making his impact felt for the New Orleans Saints.
Callaway recorded the biggest game of his young career last Sunday against the 49ers when he recovered two muffed punts to give the offense a short field to work with.
It may seem that Callaway has found a niche role in the roster as a special team’s gunner, especially with Justin Hardee being placed on IR recently. However, with an assortment of injuries piling up for the Saints, Callaway’s versatility may be tested over the course of the next few weeks.
Obviously, he is most comfortable in the wideout position as that is what he played primarily in college.
While at Tennessee, he recorded over 1600 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. With fellow wideout Tre’Quan Smith and tight end Josh Hill going down with concussions Sunday, Callaway may be asked to become a bigger option in the receiving game.
When Deonte Harris missed time for injury it was Quez who was fielding punts for New Orleans. While he doesn’t have the same speed as Harris, his shiftiness made it difficult to bring down in the open field.
Taysom Hill often gets talked about for being the Swiss Army Knife of the Saints, but Callaway is slowly inserting himself into a similar role. He’s capable as a returner, a gunner, and a receiver. Similar to Taysom, he may not record incredible stats but his presence is always felt.
He could prove to become another tool in Peyton’s growing arsenal.