Marques Colston Fantasy News

Saints Beat: Brandon Coleman 'most likely' team's WR3

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 4:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Nick Toon's release on Tuesday didn't come as a shock. But it's still a disappointment that the former fourth-round draft pick was never able to realize his potential with the New Orleans Saints.

Toon had his best opportunity yet to finally play a key role for the Saints this year after he finished strong in 2014 and the team parted ways with fellow receivers Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem in the offseason. Instead Toon had a quiet summer on the practice field, then he went down with an ankle injury in the second preseason game. A league source confirmed he's being released, though it's unclear if that will come with an injury designation.

The starters will be second-year breakout candidate Brandin Cooks and longtime veteran Marques Colston.

Behind them, second-year pro Brandon Coleman appears most likely to emerge as the No. 3 receiver this season -- although he hasn't cemented that role yet because he's gone quiet in all of New Orleans' preseason games.

Fantasy Impact:

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Coleman, who went undrafted out of Rutgers in 2014 has the highest ceiling of all the backup receivers. The team will keep giving him opportunities to play a key role after he has looked so good in practices this summer. He could especially be effective in the red zone, the story said. After Coleman, veterans Josh Morgan and Joseph Morgan are jockeying for position with two other second-year undrafted receivers: Willie Snead and Seantavius Jones.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back C.J. Spiller was absent from New Orleans Saints practice again Tuesday, according to reports. Coach Sean Payton didn’t address Spiller’s status afterward.

Spiller was on the field for limited work on Sunday and Monday. But he hasn’t returned to full-team work since missing last Friday’s scrimmage. A source described Friday’s absence as a minor issue and just a "day of rest." It’s unclear if Tuesday’s absence is related to the same issue.

Either way, the Saints' new runner/receiver is looking questionable for Thursday’s preseason opener at the Baltimore Ravens.

Veteran receiver Marques Colston watched from the side Tuesday, according to reports -- which could have been a routine day of rest. He, too, might be limited in the preseason opener since the Saints typically take it easy with Colston in the preseason.

Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Saints announced their first depth chart:

QB: Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin, Garrett Grayson

WR: Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead, Lance Lewis, Kyle Prater

WR: Marques Colston, Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones, Joseph Morgan, Josh Morgan, R.J. Harris, Jalen Saunders

RB: Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, Edwin Baker, Marcus Murphy

FB: Austin Johnson, Erik Lorig, Toben Opurum

TE: Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles, Kevin Brock, Alex Smith

Fantasy Impact:

There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.

Monday, August 3, 2015, 10:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The comparisons to Marques Colston have been inevitable since the moment the New Orleans Saints signed receiver Brandon Coleman as an undrafted rookie in 2014.

They're both big targets who shield defenders with their bodies and outmuscle them for the ball. They both came from humble beginnings (Colston a seventh-round pick out of Hofstra in 2006, Coleman undrafted from Rutgers last year).

And they're both soft-spoken men of few words -- though Colston is still one of a kind in that department.

"I thought I was a quiet guy until I met him," Coleman cracked. "But I've got a long way to go."
Saints receiver Brandon Coleman has drawn comparisons to Marques Colston. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Coleman (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) said the same thing about the football comparisons, insisting that, "I would like to compare myself to him, but he has some big shoes. I've got to start building my own way first."

Fantasy Impact:

According to the story: the football comparisons will only continue if Coleman continues to impress as much as he has this summer. The light bulb seems to be coming on for Coleman in Year 2 the same way it did for Colston a few months into his rookie year in 2006. Coleman has looked great throughout organized team activities, minicamp and training camp, catching almost everything thrown his way while using that big frame to his advantage. He looks fluid, confident, comfortable -- all a change from last summer, when he was still recovering from a lingering knee injury and looked a bit clunky while battling some dropped passes. He wound up spending most of the year on the practice squad and never played in a game. The Saints are going with a youth movement at WR but there is plenty of competition at the position.

Saints activate Marques Colston from preseason PUP list

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Marques Colston didn’t linger long on the New Orleans Saints’ physically-unable-to-perform list.

The Saints activated their veteran wide receiver on Friday, and he joined in their walk-through drills before watching from the side during full-team and 7-on-7 drills. Colston’s injury hasn’t been specified, but he missed most of the Saints’ OTAs and minicamp.

“We have to be smart with where Marques is at,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “The reps are one thing, but making sure he’s getting into football shape … I think we’ll do a good job with some veteran players, he being one of them.”

Fantasy Impact:

With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills gone, someone has to catch the ball in New Orleans, and Colston is likely to finish second or third in targets on the team after Brandin Cooks and possibly C.J. Spiller. Health is the biggest concern here, but he has only missed one game in the last three years. As an 11th round pick, Colston isn’t going to cost much on draft day, so the relative risk is low.

Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) starts camp on the PUP list

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:06pm - [Full Article]

Saints WR Marques Colston starts camp on the PUP list, but the injury is not considered to be 'long-term.'

Fantasy Impact:

We'll keep an eye on his injury status during camp. With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills gone, someone has to catch the ball in New Orleans, and Colston is likely to finish second or third in targets on the team after Brandin Cooks and possibly C.J. Spiller. Health is the biggest concern here, but he has only missed one game in the last three years. As an 11th round pick, Colston isn’t going to cost much on draft day, so the relative risk is low.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 7:20pm

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The Saints, in moves made Tuesday, placed receiver Marques Colston on the physically unable to perform list. Colston remains on the active roster and could return to the field at any time during the preseason.

Saints Beat: Team could go with youth at WR

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston is where it really gets interesting for the Saints WRs. The Saints will have two relative newcomers in their top-four rotation after trading away TE Jimmy Graham and receiver Kenny Stills and opting not to re-sign Robert Meachem.

Fourth-year pro Nick Toon will get the first crack at the No. 3 job since he’s been waiting in line the longest. Toon helped his case with a solid finish to last season when he finally got an extended opportunity -- 17 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown over the final six games.

Brandon Coleman’s massive size (6-foot-6, 225) makes him the most intriguing roster contender since he could develop into a red-zone monster. Coleman seemed to be playing faster and more at ease this summer after struggling last summer -- a good sign that he’s on the rise.

Seantavius Jones shouldn’t get lost in Coleman’s shadow. The 6-3, 200-pounder has flashed a great combination of size and athleticism. And he was actually promoted to the active roster ahead of Coleman late last season when the Saints needed injury reinforcements.

Fantasy Impact:

The author thinks both Jones and Coleman make the roster while the team parts ways with Josh Morgan and Joe Morgan. The article said Toon (6-4, 218) can help his case even more if he proves to be a strong blocker (a valued skill that used to be one of Meachem’s specialties). Also mentioned was the possibility Colston becomes a red zone threat, taking over for the departed Graham. However, we think C.J. Spiller also takes on a huge role in the passing game from the running back position.

Payton: Saints WR Nick Toon's snaps will go 'way up' this year

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 12:32pm

New Orleans Advocate - [Full Article]

Nick Toon, who spent his first three years at the X receiver spot, has moved to the Z in the Saints’ base offense. Toon will line up off the ball more often, and he’ll be lining up on the strong side of the formation, as opposed to the weak side. Toon, at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, has become one of New Orleans’ better run blockers at receiver, an ability that can come in handy as an extra blocker outside the tight end.

For Toon, the key is putting it all together. He should have plenty of chances.

“We saw at times last year in practice, even though he’s not receiving reps in the games, certainly we’ve seen his progression, he understands the system well and he’s working hard,” Payton said. “I think the key is just getting snaps, but I think we’ll see his snaps go way up.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toon figures to serve as the WR3 behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The role hasn't traditionally been a big fantasy producer, but Jimmy Graham is gone so the team figures to get less production out of the tight end position. If anything happens to Cooks or Colston, fantasy owners should have Toon on speed dial.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman's play is 'night and day' from last year

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:37pm - [Full Article]

Drew Brees and Keenan Lewis use the phrase "night and day" to describe the difference in Brandon Coleman's play from last year to this year. The 6-foot-6 wideout is becoming more than just a big body as he's far more reliable catching the football and knowing the offense this offseason. At this rate, Coleman could be on his way to transforming into a viable piece in the passing game in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

He’s vying for snaps behind Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston and Nick Toon, but his teammates have said that the 6’6” receiver is “night and day” from last season, so he could quickly work his way into fantasy relevance with an injury or two in the Saints’ receiving corps.

Brees: Saints WR Nick Toon has a 'great opportunity' in 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 9:01pm

New Orleans Saints - [Full Article]

Talking about wide receivers, Nick Toon has been here for years now, do you think that this could potentially be his year to emerge.

Saints QB Drew Brees: “I do, absolutely. This will be his fourth season and that first year he was injured, the second year he made progress, and then last year he had a chance to kind of break out a little bit and get some opportunities to play once (Brandin) Cooks went down and I felt like made the most of it. We saw glimpses. For him it’s just a matter of repetition and the more opportunities he gets I think the more plays he is going to make. We’ve had the ability to maneuver him around and give him more opportunities that way and he’s been able to handle it very well. So I’m excited for Nick Toon, he’s got a great opportunity I think there’s a great fit for him and a great opportunity for him and a great role for him in this offense.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toon figures to serve as the WR3 behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The role hasn't traditionally been a big fantasy producer, but Jimmy Graham is gone so the team figures to get less production out of the tight end position. If anything happens to Cooks or Colston, fantasy owners should have Toon on speed dial.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman showing major improvement

Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:50pm - [Full Article]

Last year, Saints WR Brandon Coleman struggled with the offense and consistency catching the football was nonexistent. Both of those facets have improved dramatically during the first two weeks of OTAs. Coleman came up with several receptions Thursday during first-team drills to drive the point home.

Coleman nabbed a deep ball from Drew Brees as safety Kenny Vaccaro lost him coming off the line as an inside receiver. Coleman picked up another nice reception on a back shoulder throw from rookie Garrett Grayson with cornerback Kyle Wilson in coverage.

Coleman's most impressive play wasn't his flashiest. The Saints wideout outmaneuvered Keenan Lewis in one-on-one coverage on a crossing route to pick up another pass connection with Brees.

It's very early, but no longer does Coleman appear to be just some 6-foot-6 guy you're hoping can become something. He's getting past that point with each practice.

Fantasy Impact:

There is opportunity in the Saints' passing game with Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills gone and Marques Colston getting older. Coleman stands 6-6 and could turn into a serious weapon for the Saints if he proves he's ready to play.

Saints 'standouts': WRs Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:57pm

Mike Triplett, Twitter - [Full Article]

Two standouts again in Saints practice today: Young WRs Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones. In serious danger of early over-hyping.

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman and Jones are competing with Nick Toon and Joseph Morgan for snaps behind starters Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. The Saints spread it around, so the team's WR3 probably won't hold reliable fantasy value, but whoever wins the position should be on speed dial if Cooks or Colston suffers an injury.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:32pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Can Saints WR Brandin Cooks become a No. 1 WR?

Stature stands in the way of Cooks being perceived as a No. 1-type wide receiver in the NFL. Not many true No. 1 wideouts are 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds.

Yet Cooks needs to be that primary pass catcher with the Saints losing Kenny Stills in a trade to Miami and Marques Colston's best days behind him. Cooks only turns 22 in September and missed the last six games last season with a hand injury. Cooks possesses the tools to become the guy.

Fantasy Impact:

As the author points out, those are lofty expectations for Cooks. But we've all seen Steve Smith become a Pro Bowler as a No. 1 wide receiver for Carolina for several seasons. Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown is the latest example leading the NFL in catches and yards last season, the story adds. Cooks said this offseason how he's striving to emulate Brown. With no more Stills and Jimmy Graham, the Saints hope and need Cooks to quickly develop into their top option. This seems to be good news for his fantasy value heading into 2015.

Saints restructure WR Marques Colston's contract

Friday, March 6, 2015, 10:31am

Larry Holder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Marques Colston has restructured his contract to remain with the Saints, via a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Colston was the #36 WR in PPR and #32 in standard formats in 2014. His return puts a dent in Kenny Stills' upside, since Stills was likely to see starter's snaps with Colston out of the way. Brandin Cooks will continue to man the slot and is the best fantasy bet of the bunch.

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