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WR Marques Colston - Free Agent

6-4, 223Born: 6-5-1983College: HofstraDrafted: Round 7

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2015 Week 15 vs DET (4 / 2 / 39 / 1 rec)

Colston's first catch occurred midway through the third quarter, in which he found a bevy of space deep down the right seam for 28 yards. On his second and final catch, Colston sat down in a vacant zone from the left boundary before turning it up the field for an 11-yard touchdown. He's a trusted complementary option.

2015 Week 14 vs TB (8 / 6 / 36 / 2 rec)

To finish off New Orleans' first drive, Colston won quick inside leverage to the back of the end zone, providing a big window for Brees to lay in a three-yard touchdown pass. With his quarterback clearly changing the play at the line, Colston ran a flat route to the left sideline before making a nifty over-the-shoulder one-yard catch for his second touchdown of the day. The veteran receiver stayed involved early on the following drive, taking a seven-yard out route to the left sideline. Early in the third quarter, Colston caught a one-step slant for six yards. He stayed in the mix early into the fourth quarter, sitting down over the middle of the field for seven yards to set up a fourth-and-short. Probably his most important reception of the day, Colston out-jumped and outfought Alterraun Verner over the middle of the field for a 12-yard pickup to set up a first down midway through the fourth. Old-man Colston vultured two touchdowns in a complementary underneath role, but doesn't hold any fantasy value.

2015 Week 13 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

The crafty veteran had an early drop on a shallow crossing route but came up with a pretty catch over his shoulder to redeem himself. Lined up in the slot, Colston ran towards the left sideline for a short fade pattern; Brees lofted the pass up above the rim and allowed his receiver to make a play on it, which he did.

2015 Week 12 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Colston got into the game late in the first half, running a shallow cross before sitting down in the middle of the field as a safety valve for 11 yards. He ran a 19-yard corner route to the left sideline on what turned out to be New Orleans' final drive of the day. Colston ran a shallow crosser a bit later in the same drive, picking up eight garbage-time yards in Houston's redzone. The veteran presence is hanging on as consistent if unspectacular option underneath.

2015 Week 10 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Colston got into the statsheet on New Orleans' opening drive of the second half, a six-yard snag at the right sideline as Drew Brees scrambled out of the pocket. Early in the fourth quarter, Colston ran an intermediate out-route from the left slot, but the high throw bounced off his hands into the waiting arms of Dashon Goldson, who took it back 35 yards for the pick-six. He ran a shallow cross on the very next play, picking up nine yards underneath the Washington defense. With six minutes left in the game, Colston ran a short slant from the left sideline, parlaying his quick inside leverage for 10 yards in garbage time. The veteran receiver is somewhat buried on the depth chart, but is still one of Brees' most trusted weapons.

2015 Week 9 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Colston's first catch occurred on an intermediate in-route in front of Tennessee's safeties, a pickup of 16 yards on third-and-long. His next catch didn't come until the final down of the third quarter, a critical eight-yard reception in which he sat down between two Titan defenders en route to a first down. Much later, on the final offensive drive for New Orleans, Colston ran a shallow cross with his quarter facing heavy Tennessee pressure. He picked up 13 yards to set his team up with a 46-yarder to win the game. A trusted option for his veteran QB when the chips are down, Colston's fantasy relevant games will only arise in shootouts like last Sunday's.

2015 Week 8 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 114 / 1 rec)

Colston's first reception on his busiest day of the season came on a post route in which New York's defense completely abandoned him. The result was as easy a 53-yard touchdown as there is in the NFL. He got back in on the action early on the subsequent series, sitting down on a hitch route to the left slot for nine. Brees went back to his veteran receiver just two plays later on a 11-yard play-action dumpoff to the right flat. Colston sat down in another vacant zone in the left slot several plays later, gaining 12 yards past the outstretched arms of a NYG linebacker. He ran a short out route from the right slot with a blocker in front early in the third period, picking up 12 more yards. Colston remained involved later into the third quarter, receiving a rollout at the left sideline for six. Midway through the third quarter, Colston ran a shallow crosser on a critical third-and-seven, but fell inches short after an impressive tackle by Jayron Hosley. New Orleans rolled the dice and picked up the first, keeping the drive alive and allowing Brees to go back to Colston on a short out route for five yards.

2015 Week 7 vs IND (3 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Colston picked a perfect time to make his only catch of the day, a 20-yard snag on a back-shoulder route against Darius Butler. The veteran has won the trust of Drew Brees in key situations, but doesn't separate enough to warrant much more than scant playing time.

2015 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Colston's first target came on a third down midway through the second quarter. He dropped the would-be first down on a pass that hit him in the hands. The veteran receiver sat down in a void of the Philadelphia defense for 11 yards in New Orleans' two-minute attack. Colston atoned a bit early in the second half, picking up a key third down in the red zone by beating Byron Maxwell for 17 yards in the slot. However, after the play, he was visibly shaken up. Staying in the game, Colston came back to the football from the left boundary for a nine yard gain midway through the third quarter to set up a short third down. The veteran receiver left the game midway through the fourth quarter with a shoulder ailment. Colston was wearing a sling on his right arm after the game. His status for next week is anyone's guess at this point, but he will be nothing more than a continued complementary option for New Orleans in any case.

2015 Week 4 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Colston drew a defensive penalty on a cross route in addition to his possession role against Dallas. A rarity for Colston in the twilight of his career, he gained yards-after-the-catch down the sideline after turning upfield on an out route.

2015 Week 3 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Colston's first catch of the day occurred early in the second quarter when he sat down in a zone in the Carolina defense for a completion of five yards. He opened up New Orleans' second half offensively with a five-step slant against Charles Tillman that was good for 11 yards. Colston picked up nine later on the same drive when he sat down between two Carolina defenders. His statistical day ended with a 22 yard leaping seam route in which Carolina was a bit generous with its zone defense. He had a couple brutal drops in New Orleans' two minute drill that stunted some offensive momentum. Colston is still a meaningful part of keeping the chains moving for New Orleans, and is effective enough in his complementary role to remain there for 2015.

2015 Week 2 vs TB (5 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

Colston opened his day late in the second quarter, breaking free from Tim Jennings over the middle for 21 yards on a crucial third down. The ball went back to Colston just two plays later, as the veteran receiver sat down in the Tampa Bay zone about ten yards from the line of scrimmage, proceeding to run after the catch for a gain of 24 to move New Orleans into the redzone for the first time all day. Colston picked up a key third down late in the first quarter with yet another in-breaking route from the slot, finding space for 14 yards and a new set of downs. He served as a safety valve on a crucial third down with about thirty seconds left to play, picking up ten yards from his notorious slot alignment. He's simply an underneath option to move the chains and exploit vacated zones at this point in his career.

2015 Week 1 vs ARI (7 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Colston's first catch came on a three-step drop slant route from the slot, which he converted for nine yards. His next reception was exactly like the first from the opposite side of the formation, as the reliable slot receiver was able to set up his team with third-and-medium late in the third quarter. The third down target went right back to Colston, a diving effort that tipped the ball into the air for an impressive shoelace interception by Rashad Johnson. Yet another slant route from inside the numbers came Colston's way early in the fourth quarter, as the veteran receiver managed to hold on to the ball for 14 yards between two Arizona defenders. Brees was unable to connect with Colston on two consecutive passes very late in the fourth quarter that New Orleans absolutely had to have. The wall that this veteran receiver hit last year appears here to stay, but a possession role between the numbers in New Orleans' somewhat shallow receiving corps remains plausible. The trust that Brees had in Colston down the stretch was notable.


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