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WR Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints

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

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Week 4: vs Dallas Cowboys

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Saints may get Drew Brees back this week - Brees (shoulder) had a successful throwing session on Tuesday and will resume practicing on Wednesday. Through two games played this year he's posted 54/86 for 610 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. If Brees can't go due to a setback, Luke McCown was pretty good in as a relief pitcher with 31/38 for 310 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown at Carolina last week. McCown spread the ball around efficiently, with five different receivers hauling in four or more receptions - either way, the Saint's passing attack is in good hands entering Week Four. Stay tuned to's Players in the News this week to see which signal caller will get under center in this prime-time game. The Cowboys' pass D was lit up for 24/36 yielding 285 yards passing with two TDs given up vs. zero interceptions generated against Matt Ryan last week. Two weeks ago, Sam Bradford and company managed 23/37 for 219 net yards, one passing score and two interceptions in a loss to Dallas. So far this year, this unit is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 229.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. two interceptions generated (tied for 17th in the NFL) and just three sacks to Dallas' credit (tied for 29th). Dallas is mediocre, while the Saints are capable of high-flying games, but they have been disappointing at home for many games now - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 46 0 0 0 7 3 29 0 0 2.9
2 vs TB 40 0 0 0 5 4 69 0 0 6.9
3 at CAR 44 0 0 0 6 4 47 0 0 4.7
4 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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