Marques Colston is out, and Brandon Coleman is in, as the Saints next physical receiver. Colston was released after spending ten seasons in a Saints uniform. The man that is most likely to take Colston spot is wide receiver Brandon Coleman. In 2015, Coleman caught 30 passes for 454 yards and four touchdown receptions.
In 2016, those numbers will need to increase if Coleman wants to be a key contributor in the Saints offense. Last season, Coleman showed that he still needs to learn the ins and outs of Sean Payton’s system. The reason is that there were a lot of opportunities that Coleman did not take advantage of in regards to one on one matchups against defenses last season.
Marques Colston knew what was required of him in Sean Payton’s scheme, that contributed to five postseason appearances which include a Super Bowl Championship run. Outside of Coleman, the other two wide receivers that are essential contributors to the Saints offense in 2015 were Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
Both Cooks and Snead had one of the best seasons that any wide receiver combo has had in Saints history. As of right now, Coleman is the third option in the Saints offense. The 2016 NFL Draft is coming up, and there are a few wide receivers that could be on the Saints radar, possibly in the later rounds of the draft.
If that possibility becomes a reality, Coleman’s job as being one of the Saints key contributors on offense could be in jeopardy. He would be in competition with the wide receiver that was drafted by the Saints if they decided to go that route. Whenever the Saints needed a big play or a third down conversion, Marques Colston was Drew Brees’ number one target.
Now it’s time for Brandon Coleman to fulfill the role that Colston left behind. If Coleman can elevate his game to another level, this could be the most potent offense that we have seen during the “Sean Payton Era” in New Orleans.
Drew Brees has never really had three wide receivers that could have over 1,000 yards in the same season. For the most part, Brees relied on former Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who became a household name in the National Football League, during the 2011 season.
With Graham’s emergence in the Saints offense, Colson became the second option for the Black and Gold. With that being said, the Drew Brees/Marques Colston Connection would still become one of the best wide receiver/quarterback tandems in the history of the National Football League.
The two ranks 5th all-time with 72 touchdown connections. Brandon Coleman will most likely be a part of Drew Brees’ last ride in New Orleans; he could be in a Saints uniform long after Brees is gone, if he can accomplish the things that Marques Colston was excellent at, in the Saints offense.
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