The last decade was marked by some of the best and mediocre Saints‘ football that we have seen in the history of the franchise. From a 2009 Super Bowl-winning season to a three straight 7-9 seasons, Saints’ Drew Brees has been through it all.
Over the course of more than a decade dawning the black and gold, Drew Brees has become a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, but who was your favorite receiver over that time period that helped make him who is he today?
Colston came at the same time as Brees in 2006 and played all 10 years of his career with Brees. He retired with 711 receptions for 9,759 yards and 72 touchdowns. Colston holds the Saints record for most receiving yards with the team by almost 2,000 over second place.
Looking back on a Saints’ decade with Drew Brees’ retirement on the horizon, who was your favorite receiver of the quarterback’s era?
Coming in at fourth on that list is Michael Thomas, whose career with Brees might be over but his career with the Saints is not. During the Brees’ era, Thomas caught 510 receptions for 5,950 yards and 32 touchdowns. Significant stats for only four and a half years with Brees.
Unlike the two above him, Lance Moore did not play his entire career with Brees as his main passer in New Orleans. He spent the last two years in Detroit and Pittsburgh. However, he did end up with 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns in black and gold.
Last but not least on this list is Brandin Cooks. Cooks only ended up playing three years with Brees in New Orleans, but he did make them count. He left New Orleans with 215 receptions for 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns in just 31 games. Imagine if the two stayed together until now.
Besides the four mentioned above, you still have names like Joe Horn, Devery Henderson, and Robert Meachem. All of these guys made significant impacts on New Orleans and the career of Drew Brees, but who made the biggest one?