Marques Colston Fantasy News
Rookie wide receivers rarely make a cannonball entrance in Green Bay. Jarrett Boykin will be difficult to dislodge. With Davante Adams, there are unknowns. With Boykin, knowns. He was one source of reliability when the season turned upside down. Yet he's on notice. Adams may be a more athletic playmaker at receiver long term.
After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin is likely to play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center. Rookie Davante Adams is the wild card, but at this point the feeling is that Boykin will hold him off. Randall Cobb only played 27% snaps as a rookie, so Adams should see a similarly limited role.
Saints WR Nick Toon said he feels more comfortable with each passing year, and he's started to put together the second of two nice offseasons. Toon was showcased often in the three days of minicamp practice, and outside of one bad drop, he put together several nice plays. It's clear the Saints see potential in the relatively inexperienced receiver, who spent 2012 on injured reserve. HC Sean Payton didn't talk in terms of roster spots when asked about Toon. Instead, he said he envisioned a bigger plan for him. "I would expect him to play a bigger role for our offense this season," Payton said. "He's doing well here in this offseason. His progress is important to us. With the loss of a number of players, particularly Lance Moore, I think you'll see more snaps for him and more opportunities."
Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks are considered locks to make the final roster, and the Saints typically carry five wide receivers, so Toon is competing with Robert Meachem and Joe Morgan (among others) for the final two spots. From a fantasy standpoint, he won't have much value if he's the Saints' WR4, but he's a player to monitor as the offseason (and attrition) wears on.
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:06am
On the hype surrounding Eagles WR Jordan Matthews... In the past decade, four rookie wide receivers - Michael Clayton, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen and Marques Colston - have had 1,000-yard seasons. Five - Eddie Royal, Clayton, Allen, Dwayne Bowe and Colston - have had 70+ catches. And there's this one from Brent Cohen of Eagles Rewind: 49 receivers have been taken in the second round since 2000 and played at least 10 games as rookies. Average receiving yards for that group has been 437. All of those numbers are meant for context, and players buck trends all the time. But a really good season for Matthews would be replicating what Riley Cooper did last season, not DeSean Jackson.
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot (at least) this season. Jeremy Maclin is working his way back from an ACL injury and Riley Cooper is solid, but unspectacular. There is opportunity in this offense if Matthews has a great summer, and by most accounts he has.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:28pm
Saints QB Drew Brees on WR Nick Toon: "I think he has come along extremely well. I’ve been very impressed with some of the things I’ve seen from him out here. He’s another big target that can run well, he transitions very well for a big guy. You watch the way he catches the ball sometimes and it’s so confident, he goes and he goes after it and plucks it. He’s very natural and confident when he catches the ball which you like to see. I think he can have big contributions on this team. I know that it’s extremely competitive with the receiver position right now with a lot of guys fighting for spots but he’s certainly right in the mix.”
Toon is going to struggle to see snaps behind Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and (probably) Brandin Cooks, but he appears to be earning a roster spot with a strong offseason.
Saints WR Marques Colston says, unlike last year, he has no foot issues. 'Feels completely different ... no restrictions.'
After four straight top 20 seasons, Colston finished #27 in 2013. He got off to a decent start (#27 WR through the first four weeks) before a midseason swoon where he caught a combined six catches for 44 yards against the Bears, Patriots and Bills. Then, over the final 10 games (including the postseason), he averaged 6.1 catches for 76 yards and 0.50 TD, which equate to fringe WR1-type numbers. The 31 year-old should benefit from the loss of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, who saw a combined 143 targets last season. Health is a concern, but Colston has only missed four games in the last five seasons.
These practices are probably as important to Packers WR Davante Adams as anyone on the team in that he'll need to gain a trust with Aaron Rodgers. As noted by the position coach, it's not easy for rookie wideouts to break onto the scene. This offense demands a lot from receivers mentally. A background in similar concepts should help Adams assimilate. As his coach at Fresno State pointed out, there are a few things Adams must work on this spring, too.
We believe that Jarrett Boykin will hold off the talented yet inexperienced Adams to be the WR3 in 2014. After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:38pm
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett answered a question about the team's WRs. There’s probably a good chance the Saints will add another veteran. They showed interest in free agent Sidney Rice, and they could always re-sign Robert Meachem, whom they like for both his downfield speed and blocking ability. But those moves would be for depth. They’re certainly not in a panic over the top jobs right now. They’re very comfortable with Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as their two starters.
The Saints still have plenty of weapons, assuming they sign TE Jimmy Graham. There's also Pierre Thomas out of the backfield. The piece also says the team is comfortable with Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, and with a deep WR draft there's no need to panic.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:16am
Saints HC Sean Payton said WR Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout the season last year, and will have to monitor his practice time this season.
That's not a good sign... But the good news is after a slow start, Colsten came on pretty strong in the second half. From Weeks 5-8 Colston didn't go over 20 receiving yards and then missed Week 9. But from Weeks 10-17 he was under 63 receiving yards just twice and collected two 100-yard games and four TDs in that span.
Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Colston should be fine for a nice matchup with the Buccaneers.
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:22pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Colston should be fine for a nice matchup with the Buccaneers.
Saints Inactives Malcolm Jenkins S Roman Harper S Ryan Griffin QB Khiry Robinson RB Rod Sweeting CB Terron Armstead OL Tyrunn Walker DL
Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are active for the Saints. Graham is a top TE play. Colston is a poor start given the disappointing results this season. Darren Sproles returns from concussion.
Friday, November 8, 2013, 6:22pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. Colston practiced once last week (limited on Thursday) before being inactive in Week 9. He hasn't cracked the 20-yard mark in his last three games, but has a nice matchup with the Cowboys this week if he can play. A game-time decision would make it tough on owners since the Saints play in the Sunday night game.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6:20pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Colston practiced once last week (limited on Thursday) before being inactive in Week 9. He hasn't cracked the 20-yard mark in his last three games, but has a nice matchup with the Cowboys this week if he can play. A game-time decision would make it tough on owners since the Saints play in the Sunday night game.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:57pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Colston practiced once last week (limited on Thursday) before being inactive in Week 9. He hasn't cracked the 20-yard mark in his last three games, but has a nice matchup with the Cowboys this week if he can play.
Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:11pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (knee, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 9. Colston may be a game-time decision. He has a nice matchup with a shaky Jets secondary, but he hasn't cracked 20 yards receiving in the last three games. Bench him if you can. The Saints play in the early round of games on Sunday.
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