WR Marques Colston - Free Agent
|6-4, 223||Born: 6-5-1983||College: Hofstra||Drafted: Round 7, pick 252 (2006)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 2 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the first time in 86 games, Colston did not catch a pass. Despite playing over half of the offensive snaps, Colston was not even targeted against the Browns. The Browns seemed to put stopping the Saints downfield passing game as the top priority and Colston suffered because of it.
2014 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 25 / 1 rec)
Colston had an up and down afternoon and again was not a big part of the game plan. He had a bad drop on what would have been a 20-yard gain that caused a 3rd quarter drive to stall. Colston responded a couple drives later with a few really nice catches. He used his hands to reach away from his body to snag a ball in traffic and then turn and reach for the first down. Made a nice double move to get open inside the five yard line and then bullied his way into the end zone through a pair of Vikings DBs for the touchdown.
2014 Week 4 vs DAL (10 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Colston had an up and down day with a couple nice catches sandwiched in between some costly drops. He dropped a catchable ball on what would have been a 13-yard gain on the third offensive play, but his defender was called for illegal contact so the Saints were able to pick up some yardage on the play. Later, Colston lined up in the slot and got open down the seam for an easy throw and catch for 22 yards. Brees targeted Colston four straight plays late in the 3rd quarter. The first play, Colston had another drop on a quick slant on 3rd and 2. The pass was ruled incomplete but was very close to a fumble as Colston pulled the ball in and took a step before the LB swatted it out. Brees came right back to Colston the next play on 4th and 2 on a little drag route underneath. Brees threw it behind him, but Colston was able to snag it with one arm and pick up the first down. The next play, Colston ran a deep post that Brees badly overthrew before again coming back to Colston for a 9-yard gain on a short out route. Colston was more involved in the offense than in previous weeks but the combination of poor throws from Brees and a couple bad drops by Colston limited his productivity.
2014 Week 5 vs TB (6 / 3 / 63 / 0 rec)
Colston again had an up and down day with a couple nice catches but another costly drop. He made a pretty fingertips grab down the seam for a 36-yard gain early in the game. He was targeted in the end zone despite double coverage and had a chance to come down with it as he got both hands on the ball. He was unable to haul it in though on what would have been a great play. Colston had a crucial drop with 29 seconds remaining in the game. He was wide open down the seam and Brees put it on his numbers but Colston turned his head early looking to turn and run as the ball clanked off his chest incomplete. The catch would have allowed the Saints an opportunity to kick a game winning field goal at the end of regulation and could have proved incredibly costly had the Saints not won the overtime coin toss.
2014 Week 7 vs DET (10 / 6 / 111 / 0 rec)
Colston was Brees' primary target in the middle of the field, as Brees looked his way early and often. After dropping what would have been a fairly tough catch on the first possession of the game, Colston was able to haul in each of his next six targets with each going for first downs. Colston was consistently able to get open down the seam and across the middle. He hauled in five big gains of 21, 18, 22, 19 and 23 yards from his slot position to put together a big receiving day.
2014 Week 8 vs GB (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Colston was solid as he made a few strong contested catches against coverage but again had a bad drop early in the game. With Graham back and the offense focused on running the ball, there weren't many opportunities for Colston to make an impact
2014 Week 9 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Colston led the Saints' WRs in snaps and hauled in every pass thrown his direction, including a nice 22-yard reception that Colston pulled in against tight coverage.
2014 Week 10 vs SF (4 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Colston has a bad case of the dropsies this season and with each new drop the frustration builds. If it continues, Colston is going to see his role in the offense further minimized in favor of Graham and Cooks who are both playing at a higher level right now. Colston had a key 3rd-and-7 conversion that he bobbled a couple times but was finally able to haul in for a 12-yard-gain down the left sideline. Near the end of the first half facing a 3rd-and-4, Colston ran a go route down the right sideline and burned Safety Eric Reid in coverage and was a couple yards behind the 49ers deepest man. Brees threw a perfect pass that bounced right off of Colston's hands. It should have been an 80-yard-TD catch but instead led to a punt. Colston did make a huge play on the Saints final TD drive. Facing 4th-and-3 from the San Francisco 34-yardline, Colston lined up in the slot and was able to get open for the catch a couple yards past the 1st down marker. He was able to accelerate and made a nice run after the catch, dragging a couple defenders the final few yards.
2014 Week 11 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Colston led the Saints in targets and receiving yards but did most of his damage on one drive in the 2nd quarter. He found a hole in the Bengals coverage on a deep crossing route and reached far away from his body to snag a slightly off-target pass from Brees for a 16-yard pickup. Two plays later, Colston had a beautiful catch for another 16-yard gain. With Bengals CB Adam Jones in tight coverage, Brees threw it high and wide down the left sideline and Colston was able to extend high to make the catch with his hands while keeping both toes barely in bounds at the Bengals 10-yard-line. The play was challenged but the replay confirmed he was able to barely keep his toes in the green. Colston did have one key drop again on a 3rd down crossing route. He had the ball bounce off his hands right at the first down marker on a dangerous play in which he was crossing the field at full speed and a Bengals CB was waiting to take him out low if he had been able to haul the pass in.
2014 Week 12 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 82 / 1 rec)
Colston saw a nice bump in playing time and led the Saints WRs with 92% of the offensive snaps. Colston made two big plays in the Saints two minute drill before halftime. He made a leaping 19-yard grab down the middle to get the Saints to the Ravens' 26. After a spike, he caught the 26-yard touchdown bass from Brees down the left seam. Brees placed the ball right between the CB trailing Colston and the Safety trying to get over from the middle of the field in time to make the play and Colston made a difficult catch in traffic to come down with the score.
2014 Week 13 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 16 / 1 rec)
Colston had another drop, though not an egregious one, to start the game as a 3rd-and-10 pass hit him in the hands and fell incomplete. It was not an easy play, but one that you want your WR to be able to make. Colston had a later drop that was even more egregious. He ran a short out route and Brees put it right on the numbers but Colston bobbled it badly and flat out dropped it. At this point, it is fair to wonder whether the drops issue is inside Colston's head. He is fighting the ball and it would not be a surprise to see his opportunities in the Saints offense drop even further if he continues to struggle. Colston did redeem himself somewhat as he finished off the same drive on which he suffered his 2nd drop with a nice catch on a back shoulder fade from Brees for a 3-yard touchdown. Colston ran a quick out route against single coverage on 1st-and-goal and boxed out the defender to create space for Brees to throw it high and outside. Colston handled the rest, using his long arms to pull it in. Overall, despite the TD it was a poor performance from Colston and with the emergence of Kenny Stills (and to a lesser extent Nick Toon) it is hard to trust Colston as a fantasy option despite an attractive schedule for the fantasy playoffs.
2014 Week 14 vs CAR (7 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
It wouldn't have counted as the Saints were flagged for illegal formation, but Colston again dropped his first target of the game. It was a bit low, but he went down to the ground for it and it bounced right off his chest. Colston had a few garbage time catches and was targeted in the end zone late in the game, but Brees threw it too high. Overall, it was a forgettable day for Colston who continues to struggle with slow starts.
2014 Week 15 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec)
Colston played very well, making a couple tough catches and showing off some physicality that has been lacking in recent weeks. He delivered some blows to Bears defenders after the catch and made some contested catches including a 9-yard-touchdown grab right before halftime. With a defender draped all over him, Colston reached far away from his body to snag the ball with two hands and maintain possession to the ground despite the Bears CB having a hand on the ball and attempting to rip it out.
2014 Week 16 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)
Colston had a strong game, making some contested catches and providing a reliable target for Brees throughout the game. Colston was targeted on an early 4th-and-7 play that ended in an interception. He ran a quick slant route that the CB played beautifully. Both players were able to get a gain some measure of possession of the ball as they fell to the ground, but the referees ruled correctly that the Falcons player had control as Colston was only able to get one hand barely onto the ball. Overall, it was a nice performance for Colston who had a number of catches deep down field and none of the drops that have plagued previous outings.
2014 Week 17 vs TB (7 / 2 / 51 / 1 rec)
Colston had a tough day up until he scored the game winning touchdown. Colston's 1st target of the game again resulted in a drop. While he was surrounded by defenders, the ball hit him right in the numbers and it was a pass he should have been able to secure. Brees targeted Colston in the end zone on a slant route but the coverage was fantastic with the CB in tight trail coverage and the Safety helping over top. Colston had no chance and the Bucs came up with the interception. Colston made the game-winning grab with two minutes to play. The Saints faced a 3rd-and-8 at the Buccaneers 38-yard line trailing by six. Colston ran a crossing route and was able to gain a little bit of separation. Brees put it on the money and Colston made a pretty hands catch out away from his body, escaped a shoestring tackle attempt and sprinted down the left sideline into the end zone untouched. It was the 68th touchdown from Colston to Brees, moving the duo into 5th place all-time. It may end up being the last catch Colston catches from Brees however as his high cap number combined with decreasing productivity add up to provide real uncertainty about Colston's future with the Saints.
2013 Week 1 vs ATL (6 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)
Marques Colston was targeted only once in the first half, but made that target count. He had gotten slightly behind the coverage and Brees led him toward the back of the end zone. Colston was able to extend and make a really nice catch for the 25-yard touchdown. That reception was his 533rd of his career and set the Saints all-time career record for receptions. Colston was used more frequently in the second half, with five targets and four receptions. He displayed good hands and toughness. Colston absorbed very hard hits immediately after the catch on two of his second half grabs. The only pass that Colston did not catch on the day was the interception where Brees threw the pass slightly behind him.
2013 Week 2 vs TB (7 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston started the game off hot with two catches on three targets on the Saints opening drive, but he was mostly silent the rest of the game, giving way to an unstoppable Jimmy Graham. Colston was targeted deep on a rare flea-flicker in the second quarter, but he was covered tightly by a healthy Revis who looks like he hasn't lost any of his speed recovering from his ACL injury. Colston appeared to be third in the pecking order for targets behind Graham and Sproles, but he came up with the biggest catch of the game with the Saints trailing by one point late in the fourth quarter. Colston lined up in slot right, blew past CB Leonard Johnson in single man coverage, and caught a Brees dart that set up the game winning field goal from Garrett Hartley.
2013 Week 3 vs ARI (8 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
WR Marques Colston was wide open on a come-back route and gained 13 yards for a second straight first down. He later worked the sideline and got open for a 19-yard gain when Brees was able to nimbly step up and avoid the sack. Colston again worked underneath and made a nice catch for nine yards to convert a 3rd and six to go. Colston has five receptions on eight targets for 71 yards.
2013 Week 4 vs MIA (8 / 7 / 96 / 0 rec)
Colston caught his first pass on the Saints' first play of the second half, gaining nine yards. He got open on a come-back route in the short middle a couple of plays later catching a rocket from Brees for a gain of 14 yards and a first down. After a short run, Colston caught his third pass of the drive for another first down. Colston caught another pair of passes in the next drive, the first one for 19-yards and a first down, but the next one failed to convert a long third down play.
2013 Week 5 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston made his first catch on a 3rd down and 7 play, gaining six yards and being the third Saint offensive player to slip down. He tried to crawl forward for the first down but did not make it. He was targeted once more early in the third quar
2013 Week 6 vs NE (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston made his first catch on an in route that gained 11 yards and gave the Saints a first and goal to go at the three. He was targeted on the next play, but the pass was off target. He had another target later in the game, but it also fell incomplete.
2013 Week 8 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston caught his first target on a quick out for 6 yards. His next target came on the next play, but it appeared that Colston misread the coverage and failed to get to the correct spot for the back shoulder throw from Brees. Colston was the most targeted receiver for the Saints with 6 targets, but totaled only 18 yards on three catches.
2013 Week 10 vs DAL (8 / 7 / 107 / 1 rec)
Colston had two targets on the initial drive, catching a turn-in pattern for a gain of 6 yards and a first down and just barely failing to bring in a long pass. He was targeted three times in the second possession and caught all three passes, converting first downs on the first two and scoring a TD on the third. The first catch on this drive was a hook pattern for a gain of 6 yards. On the second catch, the cornerback moved up on Sproles leaving Colston open deep for a gain of 21 yards. On the last reception, he was hit at the four-yard line, but ran through the tackle attempt for the Saints' first TD of the game. Colston also caught one pass on each of the Saints final two scoring drives of the first half, for 20 and 19 yards. He consistently found openings deep down the field in the first half, gaining 94 yards on 6 catches in the first half. Colston caught only one pass in the second half on a short pattern that he carried for 9 additional yards breaking a tackle on the 13 yard reception for a first down. He led the team with 7 catches for 107 yards and a TD.
2013 Week 11 vs SF (8 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston made his first catch on a button hook pattern just beyond the marker, gaining 13 yards and an important first down, converting a 3rd down and 12 to go. Colston made another excellent catch stretching to his full length and bobbling, but holding on even as the pass bounced softly off his helmet for a gain of 26 yards to give the Saints a goal to go situation. Colston had a huge role in the late 4th quarter come-back. He made plays on all three scoring drives. On the first one, he made an excellent catch on a pass that he bobbled as he fell to the ground for a gain of 26 yards and a first down. The next drive, he caught two passes for 20 yards and converting a first down. The final drive, he caught a deep pass for a gain of 20 yards and a first down.
2013 Week 12 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
In the first half, Brees targeted Colston three straight times in the red zone. The first was a skinny post that Brees threw into tight coverage and rookie corner Desmond Trufant should have picked off. The second was a post to Colston that the receiver caught inside the Falcons' five. The third was a crossing route to the left flat where Atlanta stuffed the receiver inside the five. Other than this series and a comeback route off play action, Colston didn't see much work until the second half. He earned 12 yards on a short slant on a hot read, issuing a nice stiff arm on the cornerback McClain for the first down. He then dropped a 2nd-and-six crossing route late in the third quarter after he tried to back hand the ball and bring it to his body rather than use both hands on this throw just ahead of Sean Weatherspoon in tight coverage.
2013 Week 13 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston caught a short turn-in for a 4-yard gain and a first down in the Saints first scoring drive. He was targeted downfield on a long sideline route, but Richard Sherman was up to the task and tipped the ball away. Like most of the Saints offense, Colston was ineffective.
2013 Week 14 vs CAR (13 / 9 / 125 / 2 rec)
Marques Colston got easily off the line and crossed the field behind the linebackers to make his first catch, a gain of 21 yards which converted the Saints initial first down. Colston worked his way open as Brees' second option for his first TD reception. Colston caught three passes on the next scoring drive, but one was brought back due to offensive holding. He continued to get open in the middle of the field and went high for his second TD reception of the game on a 5-yard play. Colston again got wide open on the Saints third scoring drive of the second quarter, going for 19 yards and a first down. Colston gained 15 yards and another first down as the Saints drove for a field goal in the 3rd quarter. Two plays later Colston got open across the middle and stretched for the end zone after being hit at the 2-yard line. What was initially called a TD, his 3rd of the game was overturned on review and the Saints settled for the field goal three plays later. Colston played a big role in the Saints TD drive in the 4th quarter, first drawing a pass interference call for a first down and later catching a nice back shoulder throw from Brees for a gain of 18 yards and a first down. Colston seemed to be open all night and made 9 catches on 13 targets for 125 yards and 2 TDs to lead the team.
2013 Week 15 vs STL (13 / 8 / 92 / 1 rec)
Marques Colston caught a quick in on the Saints second possession for a gain of 15 yards and a first down. He worked the middle of the field later in the second quarter for a gain of 12 yards and another first down. In that same drive, Colston caught a quick pass over the middle for a gain of 7 yards and another first down. He was targeted on the Saints final play of their last drive in the first half in the end zone, but the pass was well covered. It appeared that he should have continued the route a little deeper in the end zone, but he hesitated and the pass was slightly high and fell incomplete. Colston made a nice catch dragging his toes as he went out of bounds. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but was overturned on review. Later in that same drive, Colston ran an excellent route on a crossing pattern and caught a rare deep completion today for a gain of 23 yards and a first down. Colston made a great catch on 4th down, sustaining a hard hit just as the ball arrived, but holding on for a gain of 7 yards and the first down. Colston made two catches on the Saints final scoring drive, the first as Brees escaped pressure and threw to an open Colston for a gain of 12 yards and a first down. Colston also got open in the end zone making a nice catch for the 5-yard TD, the only passing TD by Brees in the game. Colston was the most effective Saints receiver on the game as he caught 8 passes for 92 total yards and a TD.
2013 Week 16 vs CAR (10 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Colston caught a quick in on the first drive for a gain of 9 yards. He was targeted again later in that same drive, but had great difficulty getting off the line of scrimmage and the pass fell incomplete. He caught a pass on a crossing pattern two plays later for a gain of 3 yards and a first down. Colston beat the coverage and caught a deep crossing pattern down the middle of the field for the Saints only deep completion of the first half and added nice yardage after the catch for a gain of 35 yards and a first down. He caught another crossing pattern to gain 9 yards three plays later to set up the Saints for their first score, a 40 yard field goal. Shortly after the Saints recovered the onsides kick, Colston caught a sideline pattern for a gain of 8 yards and another first down. He was targeted once more in the 1st half, but he again failed to get free off the line of scrimmage and Brees made an ill-advised throw into double coverage and the pass fell incomplete. Colston was targeted early in the 3rd quarter and appeared to make the catch on the low pass, but it was ruled incomplete. The Saints challenged the ruling, but it was upheld. He was targeted again late in the 4th quarter, but the pass was short and low and fell incomplete. His last target came on a deep pattern on the Saints final possession, but Colston was well covered by two defenders and the Saints were lucky that the pass was not picked off.
2013 Week 17 vs TB (6 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Drew Brees spread the wealth throughout his receiving core on Sunday. No one player had an exceptional day, but everyone got their licks. Colston turned in a 100% catch rate on the day, snagging all six of his targets for receptions. Colston was used exclusively in intermediate routes. While most of the Saints touchdowns came on deep balls or Jimmy Graham end zone targets, Colston worked the field between the twenties. He ran out routes, posts, slants, hitches, and comebacks to rack up his 60+ yards receiving. Colston lacked the speed to separate from defenders down field on the few fly routes he ran. He settled for racking up receptions in a possession receiver type role throughout the day.
2013 Week 18 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston had only two targets in the game, but caught both. The first reception was in the first half on a short pattern over the middle. Colston fought for extra yardage, gaining 10 yards and a first down. His other reception came on the Saints game winning drive. It was another short route and he caught the quick in pattern for a gain of 6 yards, giving the Saints a 3rd down and 1 to go play that they converted and then ran the ball killing the clock for the game winning field goal.
2013 Week 19 vs SEA (16 / 11 / 144 / 1 rec)
Marques Colston was easily the Saints most effective receiver on the day. He was always open in the middle of the field and produced well on his 16 targets, making 11 catches for 144 yards and the Saints only receiving TD. Colston made his first catch on his first target on a crossing pattern early in the 2nd quarter for a gain of 9 yards. He had another target on that drive, but the back shoulder throw toward the sideline fell incomplete. His next catch was a drag route across the middle for a gain of 16 yards and a first down. He would run this pattern several more times during the game. His next target was thrown about ten yards short, possibly after miscommunication between himself and Brees. He caught two passes on the Saints first scoring drive, the second on a deep crossing pattern that gained 25 yards and a first down. He caught two more passes on the next possession picking up another first down on the second catch. He had his most production on the Saints next to last drive. Colston had four targets on the drive and caught all four, converting three first downs with the final catch going for 9 yards and the Saints only passing TD on the game. Colston followed up his TD catch by recovering the on-sides kick to give the Saints one final chance. He caught Brees' final pass on the game's last play and gained 13 yards, but was called for throwing an illegal forward pass that ended the game.
2012 Week 1 vs WAS (11 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
The de jure number one receiver for the Saints led the team in targets against Washington on Opening Day. While the veteran wideout snagged four passes for seventy-one yards, the incomplete receptions painted a better picture of Colston's day. A tenacious Redskins secondary made Colston's first home game of 2012 one to forget. Right before the half, Colston had a surefire touchdown pass on an in route knocked from his hands and downed by the Redskins for a touchback. On the Saints' second offensive snap of the second half, Brees hit Colston deep outside the numbers in for what would have been a massive gain in field position, but Washington cornerback Cedric Griffin knocked the ball from Colston's grasp. Colston had other deep passes broken up in coverage, and though he did draw one pass interference flag towards the end of the third quarter, it appeared that the Washington secondary's game plan was to take him out as an option for Drew Brees on Sunday. Colston looked spry, but this was simply not his day to shine. Still, given his heavy involvement in the Saints' passing game, one has to expect several breakout games for Colston in 2012.
2012 Week 2 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston, normally a reliable weapon for Brees between the hash marks, was almost a non-factor against Carolina. He was kept under wraps by a Panthers defense that played a lot of zone coverage and took away the routes on which Colston would usually thrive. His first reception did not arrive until the third quarter, in fact. Colston's day was salvaged by a 29-yard catch on which the cornerback in coverage fell down and a quick slant in the red zone where he was tackled at the 1-yard line. Brees seemed reluctant to throw the football down the field for most of the game, and the Saints' run-heavy approach contributed to Colston's sub-par day.
2012 Week 3 vs KC (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Colston was very involved early but unable to play a full complement of snaps due to his foot injury. After making two catches on the opening drive, Colston dropped a sure touchdown at the goal line. Coverage was tight but he had every opportunity to pull the ball in before the defender hit him. He did make a nice diving catch in the red zone under tight coverage in the third quarter, but he was clearly not 100%.
2012 Week 4 vs GB (13 / 9 / 153 / 1 rec)
Marques Colston isn't crazy fast. He's not a freak physically. He was an afterthought in the NFL draft when he was drafted. However, he runs great routes, isn't afraid to go down the middle, and has great rapport with an elite QB. These factors added up to a 9 reception, 153 yard, 1 touchdown day for Colston and had his owners feeling giddy. Colston had roughly 14 targets by my unofficial count, and most of the routes were solid intermediate chainmoving routes. To highlight this, 7 of Colston's 9 catches went for 14 or more yards, with a long of 27. Colston's touchdown was discussed earlier, but there was a bit of veteran savvy there, especially given that the pushoff did end up resulting in a touchdown. By any means necessary, right?
2012 Week 5 vs SD (18 / 9 / 131 / 3 rec)
As Cris Collinsworth said in the broadcast booth, Marques Colston is not blessed with enough speed to scare defensive backs, but he is a technician with understated physical abilities. Colston was Brees' safety blanket because he overshadowed whatever defender was trying to cover him on every play. Colston ran a variety of routes working both the underneath coverage, the middle of the field and attacking deep down the sideline. His longest reception of the day went for 40 yards ona crossing route off of play action. Colsotn ran a crossing route against zone coverage when he sat down in the middle of the field before catching the ball and carrying it down the sideline for massive YAC. Colston followed that up with an excellent one-handed touchdown reception. Brees dropped a perfect pass over the defensive back after stepping up in the pocket to Colston running a seam route. Colston made a one handed catch and kept his feet in bounds at the back of the endzone. Marcus Gilchrist was in excellent coverage but it was a combination of a perfect pass and outstanding catch that beat him. Colston then had two drops, but came back with an impressive back shoulder catch against double coverage. He dropped two more passes in two similar situations when defenders were looking to hit him on crossing routes. He again made up for those plays with a touchdown reception as he used his route running to get Eric Weddle out of position, before posting up in front of him, using his size to catch the football at the goalline. Colston's third touchdown came on a jump ball in single coverage against Antoine Cason. Brees threw the ball in the air and Colston high pointed it to give Cason no chance. Colston had some drops, but he dominated the Chargers secondary for 90 percent of this game.
2012 Week 7 vs TB (10 / 7 / 73 / 1 rec)
Colston made plays against the Buccaneers secondary whenever the ball came his way. He appeared to not even be in top gear as defenders couldn't stick with his combination of size and agility. Colston's first reception came on a crossing route when he found the gap between the underneath and deep coverage before catching the ball at the sideline. Colston outmuscled a defender on the very next play to fight forward for the first down after running an underneath route. He didn't have to work hard for his touchdown as he benefited from an excellent play design. Colston ran an underneath route with two of his teammates clearing out his area of the field, before he used his pace to get to the corner of the endzone ahead of the pursuing defenders. Colston caught another deep crossing route from Brees despite being surrounded by Buccaneers defenders. It was a typical Colston day, no flash, just consistent production.
2012 Week 8 vs DEN (10 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
On a day when the Saints passing offense stuttered more than it seemingly ever has, Marques Colston was Brees' best receiver. That said, being the best today wasn't really an achievement. His first target was a well defended slant route against Champ Bailey. That was indicative of how the game would go all day when those two were lined up against each other, as Bailey took Colston out of the game in the second half. Colston did catch a number of passes against other defenders, but was largely ineffective like the offense as a whole.
2012 Week 9 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Marques Colston continues to be Drew Brees's favorite target. During his team's third drive, Colston ran a drag route across the back of the end zone and secured a 1-yard touchdown grab. Colston gingerly tapped both feet in-bounds as he secured the catch. Brees had both Colston and Jimmy Graham open on the play, but opted to give the ball to Colston. During the next drive, Colston found a soft spot in zone coverage and secured a 12-yard gain. After halftime, Colston secured his last two grabs during his team's sixth drive. On a 3rd-and-6 from the Philadelphia 36-yard line, Brees found Colston streaking down the sideline, beating Nnamdi Asomougha for a 21-yard gain.
2012 Week 10 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
Colston had a quiet day against the division rival Falcons, accumulating a mere three receptions on six targets for twenty-six yards. The Hofstra product did take a Brees throw to the house in the third quarter, a four-yard toss in which the lithe Colston stretched as far as he could to break the plane and put the Saints up by ten. Colston was the intended target on Brees' first pass attempt - and only interception - of the game, a short pass that Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel read well and got in front of Colston for the pick.
2012 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Colston tied for the team lead in targets on Sunday with six, catching four for 69 yards. Not needing much in the passing game, Colston's output was slightly limited, especially considering the matchup. It was clear the Saints could have done whatever they wanted, but a huge massive lead for the majority of the game limited Colston's final numbers. When the game was (technically) still in the balance, however, Colston delivered. Colston's first catch came on the first play of the Saints' opening drive. Showing just how easy this was going to be for the talented combo, Brees hit a wide open Colston for 14 yards on an out. Just missing a deep connection with Brees on his next target, Colston attacked the middle of the Raider defense for his next (and longest) catch of the game, picking up 24 yards over the middle. The same drive, Colston came up huge for the offense on 3rd down. Again over the middle, Brees' throw was a high. Knowing a hit was coming, Colston extended and exposed his midsection for the shot, but like he so often has in the past still managed to haul the 17-yard catch in despite the blow from Giordano. With a growing lead, Colston's role diminished and he only would register one more catch, finding a pocket in the zone over the middle for 14 yards.
2012 Week 12 vs SF (5 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
A rough game for Colston, as the wide receiver was upended on a high pass early on New Orleans' second play of the 3rd quarter. Colston landed on his head, and missed a large portion of the second half. Though he returned, he was only able to contribute a short catch on a pass play designed to go downfield, but was well covered. The bulk of Colston's production came in the 1st half, as the wide receiver was able to utilize his body size and strength to get position on his defender. On a short throw, Colston caught the ball and absorbed a shot from Donte Whitner, but was unfazed as he extended forward for additional yardage. In the red zone, Colston ran a route straight in to the end zone and Brees threw a high ball, located where Colston could use his large frame to leap and catch the pass. Keeping his feet in bounds as he landed, Colston scored the touchdown.
2012 Week 13 vs ATL (11 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
After his first target was intercepted in the endzone, Brees came back to Colston on third and 14 when he ran a deep out route from the slot for a first down. Coltson's second reception went for a first down on third and eight as he ran an out route for 10 yards. Each of Colston's first three receptions went for long first downs. This time Colston worked back to the football late in the play for a first down on first and 10. A blown coverage allowed Colston to catch another long first down conversion with a 21 yard conversion over the middle. Fifth reception, fifth first down. Colston caught a quick out for four yards on second and two. Colston's first reception that didn't go for a first down was a quick out from the slot that went for five yards.
2012 Week 14 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston started the game off with a bang as he hauled in a seam pass from the slot WR position but he subsequently fumbled the ball after he took a big hit. Colston used his frame to his advantage to snag the ball but the ball popped loose upon contact. Colston's only other catch was an impressive diving catch over the middle to convert a 3rd and long, finding the soft spot in the zone ahead of the LB's and moving the chains for his team. Colston got some catches late game as the Giants played prevent defense and gave up some underneath routes but Colston never threatened again on the field. The entire Saints redzone offense was poor on Sunday as they kicked too many field goals and took away potential touchdown opportunities for guys like Colston. Brees also had two INTs, including a redzone INT which did not help Colston produce either.
2012 Week 15 vs TB (3 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Colston only received three targets, but was caught all three including a 26-yard long on the Saints' 3rd drive. Colston also help set up the Saints' 2nd TD, making a 21-yard catch on 3rd down. Colston was not quite out of his break, but Brees put the perfect amount of loft on the throw allowing the WR to run under the throw. Brees did a nice job spreading the ball around and 24-point halftime lead meant Colston's opportunities were limited.
2012 Week 16 vs DAL (13 / 10 / 153 / 0 rec)
While he didn't score a touchdown, Marques Colston had a huge day at the office with 13 total targets, operating with efficiency for chunk plays. Colston consistently beat 1 on 1 coverage throughout the day on a variety of patterns, from slants to outs to ins. Colston's big gainer was a 60 yard play in which he nearly scored. The ball was caught in the middle of the field, the defensive back bounced off Colston with shoddy tackling, and Colston took full advantage by getting the ball to the goal line. However, not everything was rosy for him. Colston had a blatant drop on what should have been a 3rd down conversion, and also had 2 fumbles that luckily went his way. The first fumble barely went out of bounds, while the second was near the redzone and luckily recovered by Jimmy Graham even closer to the goal line. Despite those blemishes, Colston turned in another solid day, showing the great rapport that he has with Drew Brees.
2012 Week 17 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 52 / 2 rec)
Marques Colston reached pay dirt twice in this game as he and Drew Brees connected on some typical Brees to Colston passes. The first came on a quick out route when Colston was lined up in the slot - almost unstoppable if the timing of the pass is dead on, and it was. His second came on a catch down the seam as Brees laid it in his mid section for a walk-in score. Colston's only error was a drop on a catchable pass early in the game.
2011 Week 1 vs GB (9 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston's first catch of this game was a nightmare start for the wide receiver, as FS Nick Collins popped the ball loose with a great helmet-to-ball hit that dislodged it, giving the Packers another possession. To Colston's credit, he was more careful with the football for the remainder of the game. Colston was targeted several times by Brees, but the coverage on him was superb at times. He came up with a good grab on a square in, making the play despite the pending contact from two Packers. His most impressive catch came in the two minute drill at the end of the game as he snagged a football between two defenders due in large part to a perfectly placed football by Brees.
2011 Week 4 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston must have not felt as good as he thought as he hardly made it onto the field and must be still rehabbing his broken collarbone.
2011 Week 5 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston put all residual doubt about his collarbone to rest when, on his first catch, he absorbed a massive hit and showed no signs of favouring it. After that 21-yard catch, Colston came back and took a hit of similar force to help his quarterback out on third down. Colston was the most consistent wide receiver for the Saints by far, coming up with key catches throughout the game. Colston is the 1A target in this passing game behind Jimmy Graham, but if he continues to produce as he did against the Panthers, expect Brees to target him even more.
2011 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 7 / 118 / 1 rec)
He made a lot of nice catches and seems to be 100% back now. His first big catch he victimized Ronde Barber who bit for some reason on the run and Colston blew right by him wide open for a pretty easy touchdown as he shook the Safety along the way as well. he showed his collarbone is healed when he made a nice adjustment to the ball on a back shoulder thrown from Brees along the left sideline. Had he been injured he likely could have come up with that catch. He also made an incredible reception running up the seam right before the 1st half ended. His production also signals a reduction to some of the other receivers for the Saints.
2011 Week 7 vs IND (7 / 7 / 98 / 2 rec)
Marques Colston's collarbone was broken less than two months ago, but you wouldn't know it from the way he has performed since he's been back in the lineup. Colston isn't exceptionally fast, isn't very quick or elusive, but he uses his size and body position, as well as excellent hands to make him one of Drew Brees' favorite targets. Colston caught 2 TD passes, but the first was a thing of beauty. With great inside position in the endzone, Colston leapt into the air and reached back with only his right hand to haul in the pass from Brees, hanging on to complete the first score of the game.
2011 Week 8 vs STL (6 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Brees usual favorite wideout was only thrown to once in the first half. The Rams defense did an admirable job of covering him all day. His first catch came in the third quarter, but was a medium shot over the middle on third and long, with no room to run after the catch. Late in the game, Colston made a couple of strong catches over the middle to setup a short TD run. He had one chance in the end zone, though the game was out of reach by then, and couldn't quite pull it in the catchable ball.
2011 Week 9 vs TB (5 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston is one of the toughest possession-style receivers in the league and showed it on several catches in this contest. Brees and Colston have uncanny timing together. As soon as Colston made his breaks, the football was right where it needed to be. With Tampa Bay playing zone defense primarily, Colston was able to find the soft spot on his early 21 yard reception. Colston could have had a touchdown had Ronde Barber not held him on his way to the back corner of the end zone. Colston's highlight play was a bobbling catch that deserved a first down but ended up just a tad short. Colston showed good concentration and hands on the play. Overall Colston had a nice game that could have been more impressive in the box score.
2011 Week 10 vs ATL (9 / 8 / 113 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston had a huge game and really looked incredible on Sunday vs. the Falcons. He started off the game by taking a big shot over the middle but holding onto the ball for a big gain. He was leaping high and catching passes that no defender was able to get near. Colston's huge frame allows him to dominate one on one match ups when the ball is thrown high and away from the defender. Colston had a high number of targets over the middle of the field and made a first down every time he caught the ball. Brees looked to him often to move the chains and it really paid off. He outmuscled any ATL defender that was on him and truly looked unstoppable at times.
2011 Week 12 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 78 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston was quiet in this game on Monday. Brees focused his attempts heavily on TE Graham and other WR's so Colston's production took a hit. He did manage to make the most out of his catches however and had a decent fantasy day considering he only had three catches. The biggest play of Colston's day came near the end on a big pass play down the sideline. Colston was able to gain big separation on an out route and speed down the sideline, while doing a nice job to keep his body in bounds which resulted in a big play. Colston did also have a drop over the middle of the field but made up for it with a clutch first down catch. His frame and speed can be difficult to handle for DB's but production is hard to count on in this Saints passing attack with so many targets for Brees.
2011 Week 13 vs DET (10 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Colston got a good number of targets in the first half. He also had a potential TD go out of his hands when the defender slapped it away. It would have been a great catch, and probably should have been caught. In the second half, Detroit seemed to adjust and Brees adjusted by targeting Graham more often. Colston is the best PPR WR on this team, but hasn't been getting a lot of TD's lately and only has 3 on the year, despite the large number of targets.
2011 Week 14 vs TEN (7 / 7 / 105 / 2 rec)
Colston had a sensational game against Tennessee, pulling in two tough touchdown catches that ultimately were the difference in the game. On the first, he jumped high while running backwards to pull in a Drew Brees pass for a 35 yard score to start the fourth quarter. On the Saints next drive, he ran a post route to the right hash and caught Brees's pass between two defenders for another score.
2011 Week 15 vs MIN (9 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)
Such a big, reliable target over the middle and yet, so capable of making sneaky big plays with his long body and long strides. Colston didn't make any huge plays in this game, but had a very respectable day against what has at times been a very tough Minnesota defense. It should be noted, though, that Colston padded his numbers with 2 catches for over 35 yards on the last 2 plays of the first half against very soft coverage.
2011 Week 16 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 81 / 1 rec)
Colston is the outside presence that allows the offense to tick in the passing game, also benefiting from all the attention that Jimmy Graham garners in the middle of the field. Colston has such great chemistry with Brees always in the right place the right time. Colston's 8 yard touchdown came on a out pattern for a short gain the receiver had enough room to turn up field and dove into the end-zone on a all out effort to score. His 11 targets show how much trust the two have with each other and was increased from Lance Moore's re-aggrevation of his hamstring injury early on in the game.
2011 Week 17 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 145 / 2 rec)
Marques Colston showed how crucial he is to the Saints' success in this game, doing damage all over the field, but especially in the slot. Colston and Brees timed up their connections well. Colston received the football the second he came out of his break for the most part. His first touchdown - a beautiful leaping grab at the back line of the end zone - was made possible by the pinpoint throw by Brees. His second, a deep ball at the end of the first half, was another example of Brees' intelligence as he identified Colston against a safety and pulled the trigger. Colston's reliability and familiarity with this offense will make him hard for the Saints to not re-sign.
2011 Week 18 vs DET (7 / 7 / 120 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston started the game off slowly as he got hit on several sides and fumbled the ball. Colston's rough start then continued as he caught a short pass over the middle for the first down but took a big shot while doing so. After this however, Colston was a huge weapon all over the field for Brees as he always is. Colston can run every route in the route tree with size and speed to cause mis matches and Brees uses him as a safety blanket when first downs are needed. Colston came up big on third and long when the Saints needed to make a play, hauling in passes over the middle of the field and finding the soft spot in the zones. Colston had a shot at touchdown in the second half but was unable to complete the catch process as he got his hands on a ball in the back of the endzone. Colston then hauled in a picture perfect over the shoulder type effort from Brees deep down the field before setting up the Saints again with a goal to go situation. Colston is no flash, no nonsense just extreme reliability and production week in and week out. He is the definition of chain mover in this offense, picking up first downs routinely when they are needed and his value is understated.
2011 Week 19 vs SF (12 / 9 / 136 / 1 rec)
Colston really paid dividends on the 2nd drive of the 2nd quarter for New Orleans who was trailing 17-7 at the time. First Colston made a nice grab for 12 yards to help the Saints cross midfield and earn a first down. Later on the same drive he ran a fly pattern up the right side and Brees put the ball where only he could come down with the football. Colston had only one step on the defender but it was enough as Colston gets both feet in and taps the pylon for a touchdown as he scored to pull the Saints with 3 points before the end of the 1st half. In the 2nd half he had a big reception as he ran an intermediate crossing route and then he spun out causing the defender to whiff on the tackle and then Colston was off for a big 30 yard gain.
2010 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Colston led all receivers with 62 yards, but had an ugly drop in the second half in what seemed to be a very catchable ball. While he didn't make any spectacular plays, he did seem to lead this receiving core throughout the course of the game. That being said, Colston is part of what could be a frustrating group for fantasy owners with so many receivers sharing the ball.
2010 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
For the 2nd straight week Colston led his teams in WR targets and catches. He did the majority of his work on key 3rd down targets as Drew Brees continues to show trust in his big target. He made a key 30 yard catch to setup the game winning FG. Overall Colston played a very good game and was only limited by a more conservative scheme this week. His 2nd straight week without a TD but I would look for that to change quickly.
2010 Week 3 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Colston had a very quiet day thanks to being Public Enemy No. 1 for the Falcons defense. Although they did a great job of shutting him down, they didn't do as great a job with the rest of the team. Even still, Colston was targeted five times and his four catches were for 4, 6, 6 and 9 yards, respectively.
2010 Week 4 vs CAR (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Colston could never really get open downfield, and his one end zone target was also well-covered, rendering his fantasy day toothless for his owners. He did have one downfield catch on a comeback route and also caught back at the Carolina five-yard line, but he is still not being targeted or gameplanned for as a #1 receiver, even though he was drafted as one in fantasy leagues.
2010 Week 5 vs ARI (12 / 7 / 97 / 0 rec)
Finally he started connecting with Brees although much of the time they were short receptions and he still failed to get into the end zone. Colston had no problem making plays in the short game but once in awhile you want to see Brees connect on a deep pattern with him. They did try some deeper patterns early on and Colston only was able to haul in one of the three deeper patterns in the middle of the 1st quarter and that same drive was capped with a touchdown to put New Orleans ahead 10-0 at that point. Colston had plenty of targets in the 2nd half but was never able to make the big play for the Saints. Overall he had a solid workmanlike performance but in non PPR leagues this guy is still a big disappointment on the season. Make sure to take a look at Footballguys this week for more in depth analysis on Colston and moving forward what his outlook is for the rest of the season. From a pure targets standpoint owners should be happy.
2010 Week 6 vs TB (6 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
He lines up all the time like the WR1 on this team. He is thrown to on deep routes almost never. And lately he has not been able to break any of his short patterns for big gains. He runs a lot of underneath routes, more than any season that I can remember and while it works well for NO and their offense, it doesn't help FF owners much. I would place the blame on the offensive scheme, coaching, or possibly some mystery injury we do not know about. Remember he had recurring knee issues early on his career. This is pure speculation but it's possible he is suffering from something and cannot get down the field right now. Moore and Meachem are being asked to do most of the heavy lifting down field.
2010 Week 7 vs CLE (14 / 10 / 112 / 1 rec)
On paper, Colston had a monstrous day. In reality, he just caught a bunch of 4th quarter balls and padded his stats. As always, Colston is the steady possession receiver for Brees. He runs the crossing routes, gets open and gets solid yardage. Colston remains the only WR on the Saints that you can count on week in and week out.
2010 Week 8 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 75 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
This game started looking like it could be a nightmare for Colston as he dropped his first two targets and looked to be in his own. Credit him, his coaches, and his quarterback for keeping him in the game though. He was given the chance to shine against many different coverages - sometimes being covered by corners, sometimes by linebackers and safeties - and he ended up having a very nice game. Colston is freakishly sized, and he showed his knack for finding open spaces in the middle of the field and on the edges in this one. Because of the multitude of options on the roster (especially if Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas ever return), his utilization will be inconsistent, but on a team with lesser-skilled weapons around him, he could be one of the elite wideouts in the whole league.
2010 Week 9 vs CAR (9 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec)
Colston continues to work the middle of the field and the sidelines as Brees' top possession receiver. However, Colston is not getting deep down the field, and you can tell by looking at his ypc average. It continues to get worse. Much of that can be attributed to the Panthers doing a great job of rushing Brees, as he had little time in the first half. Then in the 2nd half, the Saints were working the clock and Colston's routes were all very short. Expect Colston's numbers to significantly improve when Bush returns.
2010 Week 11 vs SEA (11 / 8 / 113 / 2 rec)
Colston had exactly zero catches through the first quarter. But in the second, he made a trio of important plays on one drive. He first converted a third-and-long over the middle, then catches a short pass at the sideline and weaves between diving defenders to get the first down. Next, he catches the ball in traffic near the goal line, and while hit by two Seahawk defenders at once, is able to keep his balance and get across the line before going down. After that, Colston made a habit of getting open - and catching the ball. He made every single catch look easy. Near the end of the half, with Brees running the hurry up offense , Colston finds the seam and Brees hits him quickly and neatly for his second TD of the game. Surprisingly, He and Brees didn't stop connecting just because the Saints were ahead. He was still making catches and moving the chains even in the final minutes.
2010 Week 12 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 105 / 0 rec)
Colston was the 'go to' guy for the Saints on offense in this game. While Devery Henderson was the big play guy stretching the field, Colston worked the medium and long crossing routes, finding the soft spots and making the big play. He finished the first half with just two receptions for 44 yards including a beautiful crossing route deep over the middle where Colston made the catch and continued to fight for an additional five yards after contact. In the second half, Colston really turned it up, catching every pass thrown his way and he kick-started the final scoring drive for the Saints late in the game. After the Roy Williams fumble, Brees called Colston's number. He made a great corner move and despite double coverage, hauled in a perfect pass for a 22 yard reception. As the defense shifted coverage to him, Brees was able to work the ball to Meachem, Henderson and eventually Lance Moore for the winning TD. Despite not reaching the end zone, Colston finished as the leading receiver for the Saints and really contributed to a big win for New Orleans.
2010 Week 13 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 65 / 1 rec)
Colston broke free for an easy long gain on a corner route, and he also scored an easy game-winning TD when Drew Brees found him in one-on-one coverage at the goal line, but he did have the #1 receiver share of targets he has had in past weeks. He is still worth trusting in your lineup, but without the late TD, Colston would have been a disappointment.
2010 Week 14 vs STL (13 / 5 / 46 / 2 rec)
After starting off the season slow and seemingly uninspired, Colston continued his recent touchdown fest with two scores and five balls snagged. He also continued his new favorite habit of dropping a ball in the game as well. Just as the fantasy playoffs are set to begin, it appears that the Saints passing attack is beginning to hit its stride and perform like we all expected it to this year. Heading into the teams last three games -- and with next week's game coming against the weary secondary of the Ravens -- it's fairly safe to assume that Colston's recent upturn in fantasy performance will continue onward and contribute to many a championship.
2010 Week 15 vs BAL (11 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)
Colston has re-emerged as the clear #1 target in this pass offense, getting numerous targets in all facets of the game. He got the first two targets of the game, and Brees also targeted Colston multiple times in the end zone, although the throws were too high for Colston. Colston also ran well after the catch, even breaking a tackle or two, and he was an ankle tackle away from a long TD. Brees tried to fit the ball to Colston in double coverage over the middle a few times, including on the Saints last gasp drive, and he should continue to target Colston heavily next week vs. Atlanta.
2010 Week 16 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
A big off night for Colston as he was double teamed from the start and had a bad case of the dropsy's as well. He dropped a couple of deeper passes early on but finally got on the stat sheet with a tough in traffic reception over the middle for a 1st down. He would finish with just 2 catches on the night.
2010 Week 18 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Aside from what the statistics will show, Colston was the best receiver for Brees in this game. His ability to use his size and catch passes in tight quarters is very impressive. He's such a big receiver that he can take hits from linebackers a split-second after securing the ball and still hang on. The first half of the game looked as if Colston would be a factor all the way through, but the combination of Seahawks' adjustments and the ability of Seattle's offense to maintain possession of the ball limited Colston's second half. With the many weapons on this team - and with four of their top five receivers being over 6 feet tall and somewhat interchangeable - it's unlikely that Colston breaks out as a bonified number one receiver over the course of any full season. He certainly has the skills to do so though if he were in a system that didn't spread the ball around so frequently.
2009 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Colston showed no ill-effects from offseason microfracture surgery and looked in sync with Drew Brees during the opening drive, when he slipped behind the Lion secondary on a defensive miscommunication for an easy touchdown catch. Colston and Brees missed on some timing patterns later in the game, but Colston was able to play every down while the game was close.
2009 Week 2 vs PHI (8 / 8 / 98 / 2 rec)
Colston showcased why he is a true fantasy and NFL WR1 with his Week 2 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. Colston grabbed everything thrown his way and seemed to be wide open in the secondary and also in the end zone on several occasions. Even when he appeared to be covered, Drew Brees threw the ball in a position where Colston could leap up and make a play, getting open even when he appeared blanketed. The Eagles looked far less prepared than last week, letting Colston have free reign throughout their defense. With Drew Brees playing so well Colston is a must start every week.
2009 Week 3 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Colston failed to score for the first time this year, but chalk that up to an off-day for Drew Brees and the overall passing game. He was still the QB's favourite target in the clutch. Brees still found him on a few intermediate and deep routes when it mattered.
2009 Week 4 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Wide receiver Marques Colston finished the day with a meager 2 receptions for 33 yards but was a huge presence in the short passing game, providing downfield blocks for Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush as they caught screen passes. Colston's best play came on a 17 yard reception on a crossing pattern on 3rd and 5 that resulted in a Saints first down. Colston was targeted by Brees 3 times on downfield throws but was unable to receive the ball, once due to the defense and twice as the ball was out of reach.
2009 Week 6 vs NYG (8 / 8 / 166 / 1 rec)
Like Brees, just about everything Colston did worked today. He took some big hits to make catches in the middle of the field, and Colston showed off his unique ability to pogo-stick jump and spin to create a massive catch radius. Brees was just throwing it around Colston, and Colston was doing the rest all day. Colston had one TD called back to the one on replay, but he easily caught another later on a play action pass. Colston ran hard after the catch, often breaking the first tackle, and he also competed for the ball in the air very well. He also had a long gain called back because he went out of bounds before catching the ball. It could have been an even bigger day, but it was still big enough to remind everyone that Colston is a true #1 receiver in a rocket fuel powered passing offense.
2009 Week 7 vs MIA (12 / 5 / 72 / 1 rec)
Colston was dominant in the middle of the field, but he did have a few moments he'd like to forget. Even though he was extremely productive, Colston had one pass taken away from him for an interception at the goal line, and he also had a few balls go glancing off of his hands, including one in the end zone. Otherwise, Colston was kicking butt and taking names, getting open between the hashes and breaking tackles after the catch.
2009 Week 8 vs ATL (6 / 6 / 85 / 1 rec)
Colston put up nice numbers even though the offense was balanced vs. the Falcons. He scored by blocking out a defender on a pass from Brees that was perfectly placed so that Colston would naturally shield the DB from the ball. Colston absorbed punishment to make some key catches over the middle and a late catch to help the clinching TD drive. He is Brees main man, and Brees trusts him to catch 50/50 balls in tight coverage.
2009 Week 9 vs CAR (6 / 1 / 45 / 0 rec)
This was a forgettable game from Colston, one of his worst since emerging as a 7th round pick a few years back. He was plagued by at least 4 drops, 2 of which came in the end zone that would have been TD's. Despite the drops Brees showed continued trust in his best WR however as the game progressed, never staying too far from Colston in the passing game. A one week aberration to be sure.
2009 Week 10 vs STL (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Make this two weeks in a row that Colston has turned in a disappointing performance for the Saints. Last week Colston shot himself in the foot with dropped passes, this week he fumbled as he jumped into the air and stretched out for the goal line. Drew Brees did not have much time to find his receivers in week 10, and this severely damaged Colston's ability to produce as he saw just 2 targets during the game. Keep an eye on this situation, two weeks is a trend.
2009 Week 11 vs TB (7 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Colston's owners are probably getting fed up with the third straight week of meager-to-middling scoring, but he did a much better job controlling drops this week, and the Saints game plan was very conservative. Colston got most of his production in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, working the dead spots in the zone defense downfield. He also got decent gains after the catch on a few short targets. He made the most of what he got, and when the game plan calls for more downfield passing, Colston will be back to putting up WR1 numbers.
2009 Week 12 vs NE (5 / 4 / 121 / 1 rec)
Colston was held down early, but he got free for a long catch and run where he wasn't tackled until he was inside the Pats 10 yard-line to get his night jumpstarted. He was showed better speed than he is reputed to have in the open field on the big play. Colston also had one of his patented TDs in the middle where he positions his big frame between the defender and the ball in flight, so they are powerless to stop him. Colston's other good gain came on a back shoulder throw that was all telepathy between him and Brees. This game should give his owners confidence to play him in all-important week 13 games and the playoffs, because Colston reminded us of his explosiveness and ability to go off even when he isn't the focal point of the game plan and the Saints don't come out pass happy on offense.
2009 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 2 / 46 / 1 rec)
Colston has been relegated to the back burner in the Saints passing offense for the last month. He was barely targeted in this game, although he did get behind the D for a long TD in the first half, and Brees did try to force it to Colston in the end zone despite good coverage more than once. He is still worth playing as a WR3/Flex because of the Saints explosive passing offense, but he is no longer the main man downfield in this air show.
2009 Week 14 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)
Colston had a really solid game for the Saints in week 14. He did not post huge numbers, but was extremely effective in catching a handful of short to intermediate catches for 54 total yards. Colston caught a TD for the 3rd straight game as well during the contest. Colston is limited week to week only by how many times he is looked at in the crowded Saints passing game.
2009 Week 15 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston was the most targeted wide receiver for New Orleans in Week 15, getting eight chances and converting those into 86 total yards against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Colston had one long gain of 34 yards in the second quarter where he ran a nice out-and-up or "chair" route and and then broke a tackle to finish the big play. The rest of his catches were outside of the red zone and good enough for 10-15 yard gains each as he also collected five first downs on the night. Colston did not get any targets down near the end zone but Dallas blanketed him well most of the night and Drew Brees was not having a Pro Bowl caliber evening.
2009 Week 16 vs TB (9 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)
Colston had some nice routes to get open and make easy catches, and he even broke a tackle or two after the catch, but he was short on a makeable first down in the red zone, and he also fumbled in TB territory on one of the many second half plays that kept Tampa in the game. He hasn't been a gamebreaker for this Saints offense for a few months now.
2009 Week 17 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Colston caught a 3 yard pass to start the day and then sat out the game after the 1st series.
2009 Week 19 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)
Colston played it slow and steady in the first quarter, making a reliable couple of catches of the shorter variety. Brees spread the ball around well, but Colston was almost always his first read and they picked up the pace in the second half, connecting on consecutive plays that led to a touchdown catch for Colston.
2009 Week 20 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston had a modest performance in the NFC Championship Game, catching only two passes against Minnesota. Colston worked the middle of the field twice for two intermediate passes, grabbing both of them for a combined 22 yards in the first quarter. Colston was still a popular target for Drew Brees who did look in his direction twice in overtime but to no avail. Expect Colston to get another 5-7 chances at least against the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
2008 Week 1 vs TB (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Colston was targeted six times, catching three passes for 26 yards. He was held in check by the Tampa Bay defense, but the attention he drew seemed to open up things downfield for the rest of his fellow wide receivers.
2008 Week 7 vs CAR (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Colston returned to the lineup for the first time since the opener and played with his left hand bandaged and extra padding around his surgically repaired thumb. The first two passes bounced off his hands and one was nearly intercepted. Timing was clearly lacking on his third target as Ken Lucas intercepted the pass. Colston was not targeted in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 8 vs SD (3 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)
Colston was surprisingly quiet in his second game back from injury. He caught just two passes, with one of them a quick slant that enabled him to turn upfield for a big 49 yard gain. He was targeted once in the end zone and was actually briefly open, but S Clinton Hart made a very nice play by tipping the ball away at the last moment.
2008 Week 10 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 140 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston got the start and proved that he is fully back from his thumb injury that had limited him in the previous two games. He provided Brees with an excellent target downfield and was able to use his great hands and size to haul in passes that were thrown to spots where he had an excellent chance to catch the ball. However, his numbers were hindered by the excellent coverage skills of the Falcon defensive backs. He had four potential receptions that seemed to be in his grasp but was knocked away at the last second. One of those instances was on a pass in the end zone that he was able to get both hands on but had the ball knocked out by the defender before he could get both feet down in the end zone.
2008 Week 11 vs KC (7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Colston had a relatively quiet game with three receptions for 30 yards. He dropped a pass inside the five yard line after a flea flicker. Colston was double covered on the play, but could have hauled it in. Colston was targeted in the end zone on another occasion.
2008 Week 12 vs GB (1 / 1 / 70 / 1 rec)
WR Marques Colston only had one reception in the game but he made it count as it was a 70 yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
2008 Week 13 vs TB (12 / 6 / 106 / 0 rec)
Colston finished as the most targeted New Orleans receiver, with 12, and totaled six receptions for 106 yards. Four of his targets came on third downs.
2008 Week 14 vs ATL (8 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Getting the start, Colston was the most targeted receiver on offense. However, he was not able to convert the high number of targets into a good game statically due to excellent coverage by the defense. He came close to having a big day as two passes were knocked away and he came down out of bounds on a deep ball in the third quarter. In addition to the good defensive play he had one pass that was dropped and a 20 yard reception that was overturned by a holding penalty.
2008 Week 15 vs CHI (12 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)
Colston had a lot passes thrown his way in the first half but, had trouble getting separation from CB Charles Tillman in man to man coverage. His biggest play of the first half was a 24 yard catch over the middle of the field on a third and long play. He only caught two passes for 33 yards in the first half. He had a pretty quiet second half until catching a huge 22 yard pass on a critical third down play late in the game. That play helped set up an 11 yard touchdown pass for Colston on a quick crossing route.
2008 Week 16 vs DET (12 / 9 / 99 / 2 rec)
Colston was the focus of the Saints' passing attack. He caught nine of his twelve targets for 99 yards. Colston caught two short touchdown passes in the third quarter. His long reception went for 30 yards. Colston had a chance and could have caught two other passes in the end zone, but the passes were broken up.
2008 Week 17 vs CAR (12 / 7 / 123 / 1 rec)
Colston was the number one target for Brees, and the focus of the Panther defensive backs. The defense did a good job of keeping him double covered, but he did find ways to get open against the coverage by splitting the defenders in the middle of the field or catching well placed balls along the sidelines. He was the target on the Brees interception in the second quarter and almost was the cause of a second turnover later in the quarter when the defensive back knocked the ball out shortly after Colston got his hands on the ball. The ball popped out and was recovered by the Panthers, but the game officials ruled the pass to be incomplete and negated the turnover. Three plays later he caught the first touchdown from Brees and brought the Saints to within 13 points just before halftime.
2007 Week 1 vs IND (8 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)
Colston and the Saints receivers had a hard getting open deep and had to settle for short passes underneath the Colts coverage. His longest catch in the first half was a 13 yard pass for a first down with less then one minute in the first half. That would be New Orleans longest pass play until there was less then one minute left in the game. Colston finished the game with six catches for 47 yards.
2007 Week 2 vs TB (10 / 8 / 70 / 1 rec)
Colston had nice game, but did most of his damage late with the Buccaneers in deep zone coverage. He was targeted ten times, leading the team in targets and finishing with eight receptions for 70 yards, including a four yard touchdown. Four of Colston's receptions resulted in first downs, and he was clearly Brees' favorite target.
2007 Week 3 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
Colston led his team in receiving yards and had a big 37 yard catch that helped set up the first Saint TD. He also came close to scoring in the third quarter (Bush went over from the one on the next play). Inexplicably, Colston was targeted only once in the fourth quarter, a pass that was intercepted and nearly returned for a TD.
2007 Week 5 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Colston saw all of his action in the first half, and appeared to be replaced by Lance Moore. He did drop one pass that was catchable, and had a pass bounce off of his hands that was almost intercepted.
2007 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Colston wasn't often targeted by Brees, and the two looks he saw that weren't his touchdown were both dropped.
2007 Week 7 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
The Saints tried to get Colston involved in the deep passing game, though were unsuccessful in doing so. Most of his other targets were over the middle of the field where he is expected to make a play after the catch.
2007 Week 8 vs SF (12 / 8 / 85 / 3 rec)
Colston was Brees favorite target, catching three of his eight receptions for touchdowns. Brees had a little trouble hitting him early in the game, but did not give up on him. A potential fourth touchdown could have been, but instead was a pass interference call (and Colston couldn't quite hang on to it) that brought the Saints to the one yard line.
2007 Week 9 vs JAX (13 / 10 / 159 / 0 rec)
Colston took advantage of being targeted frequently to post very good numbers, although he did not get into the end zone. He was utilized mostly on intermediate routes and proved adept at picking up yards after securing the pass. He used his size effectively to keep defenders away from him, which combined with his good route running and Brees' pinpoint passing, contributed to his high number of receptions and yards.
2007 Week 10 vs STL (12 / 8 / 129 / 0 rec)
Colston made a nice jumping catch over the middle in the second half that was ruled incomplete despite the Saints' challenge. During the Saints' prolific fourth quarter Colston was QB Drew Brees' go to receiver.
2007 Week 11 vs HOU (14 / 9 / 118 / 0 rec)
Colston took advantage of being targeted frequently to post very good numbers, although he did not get into the end zone. He was utilized mostly on intermediate routes and proved adept at picking up yards after securing the pass, making defenders miss and taking them on as he was being tackled in an effort to pick up an extra yard or two. Colston used his size effectively to keep defenders away from him, which combined with his good route running and Brees' affinity for targeting him, contributed to his solid numbers, which could have been even bigger had it not been for plays where he was tackled in the end zone as the ball arrived, causing him to drop the ball, and being called for offensive pass interference on a play where he had gained enough yardage for a first down.
2007 Week 12 vs CAR (8 / 7 / 93 / 1 rec)
Colston caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. He caught a four yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to put New Orleans up by 24 points. Five of his seven catches went for first downs. He had two red zone chances and both of them were on the same drive that ended with his touchdown reception.
2007 Week 13 vs TB (2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Marques Colston was targeted just two times in the game, and finished with 39 yards on two receptions. He did have one big play, catching a 40 yard pass that helped set up the Saints first touchdown of the ball game.
2007 Week 14 vs ATL (13 / 9 / 92 / 2 rec)
Colston had a great night Monday. He was all over the field being utilized as he moved around in the formations. He scored twice on the night. One of the touchdowns was a jumping grab over a cornerback who provided tight coverage. The other touchdown came on a short pass where he turned and stretched the ball over the goalline quickly. It looked like Brees had a lot of confidence in Colston all night.
2007 Week 15 vs ARI (8 / 8 / 114 / 1 rec)
Colston had a very productive game and found the Cardinals secondary of little resistance. He caught eight balls for 114 yards and one score, an 18 yarder early in the first half. He ran routes with precision and was obviously the game's most feared receiver.
2007 Week 16 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Colston caught both of his targets before leaving the game with a chest contusion.
2007 Week 17 vs CHI (15 / 8 / 94 / 2 rec)
Colston was extremely busy in the first half of this game, catching two touchdowns and being targeted a team leading sixteen times (tied with Pierre Thomas) before departing with a rib injury. On many drives in the first half, quarterback Drew Brees looked to no other receiver other than Colston, who sat down in the middle of the Bears defense, though he converted on only half of his receiving opportunities.
2006 Week 1 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
Colston's presence in the Saints' lineup helped to make Donte' Stallworth expendable, and he showed exactly why in the first game of the season, showing great hands on a big body with quick feet and solid fundamentals. Colston's touchdown catch came on a slant across the middle where he made reached out for the ball with his hand and used his body to block out the defender, which he done so effectively earlier in the game coming back to the first down marker to make the play.
2006 Week 2 vs GB (9 / 4 / 58 / 1 rec)
In just his second NFL game, Colston scored a touchdown for the second consecutive week. Colston used his size against the smaller Green Bay defender and out leaped his opponent on a pass slightly under thrown for a 35 yard touchdown catch. He started slow with a couple of dropped passes but Brees continued to throw his way consistently throughout the game. Colston finished with four receptions for 58 yards.
2006 Week 3 vs ATL (10 / 7 / 97 / 0 rec)
Colston was the most targeted wide receiver in the game. Brees threw to him on third and eight on the Saints' second drive, and Colston made the catch for a 28 yard gain. Colston had two other first down catches in the first half, and both drives resulted in a field goal for the Saints. He opened the second half with a 29 yard reception, the longest play from scrimmage for the Saints. Colston gained 97 yards on seven receptions.
2006 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 132 / 1 rec)
Colston had a quiet first half, catching just one pass for 12 yards and a first down in the first quarter. He was targeted in the end zone before halftime, but the ball was batted away by DB Richard Marshall. Colston picked up the pace in the second half, catching all four balls that sailed in his direction, starting with two passes for 14 total yards in the third quarter. Colston added a 20 yard catch in the fourth quarter before his biggest play of the day (and his career to date). He caught a pass from QB Drew Brees at about the Saints' 45 yard line and then accelerated away from four Panthers' defenders. Colston out ran them for 55 yards to complete an 86 yard touchdown reception. The most interesting part of the play was that Colston was not laboring at all to stay ahead of the defense - he almost appeared to be coasting to the end zone. His ability to separate only heightens his already lofty value.
2006 Week 5 vs TB (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Colston had a quiet game, catching three passes for 38 yards on six targets.
2006 Week 6 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)
Colston, the rookie wide receiver from Hofstra, was able to catch three balls for 28 yards, including a seven yard touchdown pass that put the Saints ahead in the first quarter.
2006 Week 8 vs BAL (14 / 6 / 163 / 2 rec)
Colston got behind CB Chris McAllister down the right sideline for a long reception off a double move early in the game. Had QB Drew Brees laid the ball out in front of him the play may have gone all the way. He was the intended target of a halfback option pass that ended in the second Saints turnover. Colston was the main beneficiary of the game getting out of hand early. Down 28 points in the third quarter the Saints aired it out. Both of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter when the game was well over and decided. Colston continues to show a mix of quality size, speed, and hands that makes him very tough for smaller cornerbacks to handle.
2006 Week 9 vs TB (14 / 11 / 123 / 1 rec)
Colston had a monster game, using his size and soft hands to haul in 11 receptions for 123 yards, including a 15 yard touchdown reception. Without Horn, Colston was the most targeted receiver, finishing with 15 for the game.
2006 Week 10 vs PIT (13 / 10 / 169 / 0 rec)
Already the number one option for QB Drew Brees, Colston continued his Rookie of the Year campaign with a game high ten receptions and 169 yards. Lining up several times in the slot to draw nickel back or LB coverage, Colston exploited the middle of the field almost at will, catching six passes between ten and 28 yards. Colston's long of 29 occurred in the two minute drill when he beat rookie S Anthony Madison down the left sideline to the Steelers four yard line, setting up a Deuce McAllister touchdown late in the first half. Colston had a rookie moment in the fourth quarter when he dropped a third down pass upon hearing approaching footsteps.
2006 Week 11 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Colston was injured on the first series of the game for the Saints. While attempting to block a defensive back upfield, Colston had the pile roll up behind him and pin his ankle beneath him. He didn't appear to be in excruciating pain, but he did remain down for several minutes. According to the announcers, he eventually was able to jog off the field to the sideline. He remained on the bench for a long time, as the team trainer attempted to re-tape his ankle and get him ready. At several moments, Colston was seen on camera shaking his head dejectedly, and his body language suggested that he wasn't able to come back in. Eventually, he was carted off to the locker room and looked very dejected. After halftime, Colston returned to the sideline in uniform and looked to be attempting to come back into the game, but he never did return. His status for next week is unknown at this point, and HC Sean Payton said afterwards that Colston had suffered an ankle sprain. We'll continue to monitor him throughout the week for you.
2006 Week 14 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Colson returned after missing two games with an ankle sprain, and while definitely limited, still was second on the team in targets. His five catches for 48 yards were good enough for second on the team.
2006 Week 15 vs WAS (12 / 7 / 84 / 0 rec)
Most importantly, Colston looked completely healthy. He showed no ill effects from the various injuries that have sidelined him for all or parts of the last four games. Not only did he stay healthy - he excelled. In the first half, Colston had just two receptions for 26 yards. But he recorded five catches for 58 yards in the second half, including a spectacular 24 yard grab on third and 19 in which he reached back all the way across his body to snag the pass out of the air and maintain it all the way to the ground. He very nearly caught the game-winning touchdown on the Saints' final possession. He streaked down the right sideline and Drew Brees delivered a perfect pass to his hands, but CB Shawn Springs made his own spectacular play on the football and tipped it away at the last moment.
2006 Week 16 vs NYG (9 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
Colston pulled in a quick eight yard out in the right flat on the first play from scrimmage for the Saints. His 23 yard deep cross set up a Carney field goal. Just before halftime the Saints had the ball on the goal line with a first down. After two unsuccessful runs by RB Deuce McAllister Colston was targeted on a quick slant, but the pass was knocked down at the line of scrimmage. They went right back to him by lobbing a pass into the left flat. Colston went up high to snatch the ball at its highest point twisting his body and landing in the end zone for the touchdown. His only other reception was a short four yard grab just before halftime. He wasn't targeted at all in the second half because the game had turned into a blowout.
2006 Week 17 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Colston also left the game early on to rest for the playoffs. He had one target on a deep pass from Martin on the Saints' second drive.
2006 Week 19 vs PHI (13 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Colston was the most targeted receiver by QB Drew Brees by a wide margin, getting 12 passes thrown his way. Brees had trouble settling down early, as the first few short passes were well off the mark. Colston finally grabbed a short pass for four yards on his fourth target of the first quarter but fell short of the first down on third and seven. Colston's most active quarter was the second, as he had six targets. Colston had a pass go over his head near the goal line, then finally getting a sizeable catch of 14 yards and a first down on his next target. Colston added a five yard catch then another for 19 and a fresh set of downs on a third and seven, which was thrown short of the first down marker but Colston broke the play for additional yardage by making two Eagles miss. His final target was the last play of the half, where Colston had a Hail Mary pass of 45 yards hit him in the hands. Colston fell to the ground with the ball in his grasp, but Philadelphia appeared to strip it out just in the nick of time. The play was not reviewed despite HC Sean Payton's pleas for a replay. Colston had a quiet second half, getting just two targets. He had one ball thrown behind him on a slant pass in the third quarter, but his 13 yard catch for a first down in the waning minutes of the game was a big first down for New Orleans.
2006 Week 20 vs CHI (14 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Colston pulled in a pass from QB Drew Brees on the first play from scrimmage for a quick seven yard gain in the left flat. He slipped on his second target running a fifteen yard in route, but the ball was thrown behind him on the play. Colston pulled in a short pass across the middle of the field on a crossing route, but was stripped by a defensive back while running for extra yards. The fumble put the Bears in scoring range after the return. Colston struggled along with Brees for most of the first half, but made a great catch just before halftime. Running straight down the field he adjusted coming back to the ball working his way around LB Brian Urlacher. Colston snagged the ball far away from his body with his hands while twisting his body. He caught another quick out on that drive before pulling in a thirteen yard touchdown pass from Brees on a skinny post. He did a nice job of giving Brees a target creating separation on the touchdown pass. Colston didn't have a reception in the second half.