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Marques Colston: Silent But Deadly

Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is one of the Saints most reliable targets in the Saints vaunted passing attack. He’s a man of a few words but when it’s time to step on the field and perform he’s one of the best in the game. He does not have a touchdown celebration when he scores he just simply gives the ball to the referee and points to the sky.

By far he’s the most underrated receiver in the National Football League for the last eight years. However, that may be true because the Saints are and will always be a receiver by committee system. Colston could have complained about the Saint issues on Twitter, like so many other receivers in the league, do with their ball club, but he chose not to.

He has been the model of consistency for the Saints and will continue to do so as long as Drew Brees and the rest of the Payton Regime are intact. Whenever there’s a list of who is the top 15 wide receivers in the game Colston will most likely be left off but he should not. Colston’s name should at least be in the top 15. He may not put up Calvin Johnson-like numbers year in and year out, but he’s one piece of an enormous puzzle, unlike Johnson, who is the Lions only passing threat on offense.

Until Jimmy Graham came along and became Drew Brees number one weapon, it was Colston that came up big for the Saints offense. Not saying that Colston was no longer an option, but he seemed to have taken a back seat to Graham in the last few seasons. Now that Graham has been traded to Seattle the fear of unpredictability will once again be in the minds of opposing defenses when they take on the Saints. At any moment, Brees may deliver the ball to Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, or any other receiver that Sean Payton may plug into the Saints lineup.

There have even been rumors of the Saints drafting a receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft to somewhat fill the role that Graham left in New Orleans. That will just add more pressure on defensive coordinators on how to contain the Saints offense. Whoever the Saints draft to fill the role of Jimmy Graham will most likely not come in and produce Graham like numbers in his first year in the league. That’s the reason Colston will have a chance to put up some big numbers this season.

The Saints will be a more balanced team in 2015 based on the recent moves that they have made. Opposing defenses will attack the Saints in either two ways. They will try to stop the run or contain the Saints bread and butter which are the pass. Either way defensive coordinators will guess on what the Saints will do this season. Those are the reasons why Colston along with Brandin Cooks can become a very silent but dangerous receiving tandem in 2015.

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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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