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Marques Colston | Wide Receiver

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Hofstra
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Marques Colston expects to have his practice reps "managed" throughout the year.
Colston, 32, sat out all of OTAs and has been a spectator at minicamp. Coming off a down 2014 that "hurt him badly" mentally and physically, Colston returns rejuvenated and ready to lead a very inexperienced receiving corps. Colston is a solid bet to lead the Saints in receiving touchdowns. Even with a "capped ceiling," Colston is good value at his 11th-round ADP. Jun 17 - 8:33 AM

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Marques Colston has agreed to a restructured contract to keep him with the Saints.

In all likelihood, we're looking at a straight pay cut from Colston. He was scheduled to earn $6.9 million this season and count $9.7 million against the cap. Coming off a poor season and about to turn 32, he had to do something with his contract if he wanted to stick around. It probably would have made more sense to outright cut Colston, but GM Mickey Loomis has been extremely loyal to veterans.
Mar 6 - 10:22 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett's best guess is that the Saints bring back Marques Colston at a "significantly reduced rate."

Colston, who struggled to a 59-902-5 line at age 31 last year, will not be back at his $6.9M base salary and $9.7M cap charge. The Saints likely want to work out a renegotiation though, as he's a core leader and has the size (6'4/225) to be an asset even as his athletic ability continues to decline. Triplett notes that the franchise has worked out late-career pay cuts with leaders such as Deuce McAllister, Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper, among others.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:28 AM

Marques Colston is reportedly amenable to a pay cut.

Due $6.9 million and set to count $9.7 million against the cap, Colston is a prime candidate for a cut. Per Cole, Colston is willing to accept a smaller cut, but "may" balk if asked to take a significant reduction. Coming off a season where he was highly mediocre before Brandin Cooks' injury, we wouldn't be shocked if Colston were released outright. The Saints have one of the league's worst cap situations.
Jan 20 - 7:29 PM

Marques Colston is considered a candidate for a pay cut.

Colston is due $6.9M in base salary and is set to count $9.7M against the cap. At age 32 (in June) and coming off a pedestrian 59-902-5, it's far too rich. He's best-served as a No. 4 pass-game option at this point, behind Jimmy Graham, Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills. The cap-strapped Saints can't afford to give Colston any hometown preference even though he's spent all nine years of his career with the team.
Jan 15 - 10:19 AM

Marques Colston caught 2-of-7 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 17 win over the Bucs.

Colston's 36-yard touchdown came with just 1:57 remaining, giving the Saints a lead they would not relinquish. For the second-straight year, Colston heated up down the stretch of a disappointing season, but like 2013, finishes short of 1,000 yards. Colston closes the book on 2014 the owner of a 59/902/5 line. Both the yards and catches are his fewest since his injury-shortened 2008. Going on 32, Colston can remain an effective role player for the Saints' prolific offense, but he's fading to permanent WR3 status as a fantasy option. Even that may be optimistic with promising young wideouts Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills both returning for 2015. Due $6.9 million for a cap-strapped team, Colston could be asked to take a pay cut.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:01:00 PM

Marques Colston caught 6-of-10 targets for 80 yards Week 16 against the Falcons.

Colston found some success after Falcons SCB Josh Wilson left with a hamstring injury, making four of his catches with the Saints' in comeback mode in the fourth quarter. Colston will need 50 yards next week against the Bucs to surpass 900 receiving yards for the sixth straight season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:43:00 PM

Marques Colston caught five passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

Colston tied for the team lead with seven targets. His nine-yard touchdown was a simple seam route against Bears SCB Demontre Hurst. Colston boxed out the smaller Hurst with ease. He'll likely see plenty of Falcons scrub CBs Robert McClain and Josh Wilson in Week 16. Colston will be on the WR3 map.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:28:00 AM

Marques Colston caught 5-of-7 targets for 72 yards in New Orleans' Week 14 loss to the Panthers.

Colston took a helmet to his back in the fourth quarter, dropping a sixth catch. Colston's play has quietly picked up over the past month, but he still can't be trusted as more than a low-end WR3 for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:20:00 PM

Marques Colston caught three passes for 16 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 13 win over the Steelers.

Colston was targeted five times on the day, but dropped his other two passes. It was another nightmare game for the 31-year-old before a late three-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder throw. Colston has settled in as a WR4. He won't be a high-upside play against the Panthers in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:54:00 PM

Marques Colston caught four passes for 82 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 12 loss to the Ravens.

Colston reeled in all four of his targets and did most of his damage in the first half. He ran down the left seam right before halftime to catch a 26-yard touchdown behind Matt Elam and in front of Terrence Brooks. Brooks should have picked the ball off or at least batted it down. Colston finished with the fifth-most targets on the team Monday night, suggesting he may not be as big of a beneficiary as Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham following Brandin Cooks' season-ending thumb injury. Colston is a WR3/4.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:16:00 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects Marques Colston to be the biggest beneficiary from Brandin Cooks' season-ending thumb injury.

Triplett expects all three of Jimmy Graham, Colston, and Kenny Stills to see more targets, but he "stubbornly" admits Colston may see the biggest boost. We tend to agree. Cooks worked close to the line of scrimmage. Colston, as the slot receiver, does the same, whereas Stills is more of a clear-out deep threat. Colston saw a four-week-high eight targets last week and produced his most receiving yards (56) in that same span. We're not expecting a resurgence from him, but a return to WR3 status is doable.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 08:45:00 AM

Marques Colston caught 4-of-8 targets for 56 yards in the Saints' Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Colston made one really strong catch, but also committed a third-down drop. His best play of the day was breaking up a certain Drew Brees interception. The yards were Colston's most since Week 7. Colston has a plus Week 12 matchup in the Ravens' ailing secondary, but he's not a viable WR3.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Marques Colston caught 2-of-4 targets for 36 yards in New Orleans' Week 10 loss to the 49ers.

Although Colston made a huge catch on a fourth-quarter fourth down, he had an otherwise brutal day. One of his missed connections was a drop on a potential 81-yard touchdown, while the other was a pass where he allowed himself to get whipped for an interception. Colston now has just nine receptions over his past three games, and hasn't scored since Week 3. He's a middling WR4.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Marques Colston caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in New Orleans' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

Another quiet night for Drew Brees' security blanket, who is on pace for a modest 56/888/2 at the season's halfway point. Colston closed strong in 2013, but that may not be in the cards this season with Brandin Cooks fighting for targets over the middle of the field. Colston is a Reggie Wayne-esque WR3.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 12:08:00 AM