"His improvement over these six practices has been awesome," Brees said, via The Times-Picayune. "From Day 1 until now, the same mistakes are not being made. He's on to the next set of challenges, and he's continuing to progress well."
"I gave him a route that we have literally never repped before together," Brees said. "In fact, I don't think we'd ever even talked about it. But I was just in the moment, and he's my guy at that position, so I gave him the signal. He goes and makes the play and ran the route just like I imagined."
The 6-foot-3 receiver was drafted in part to help replace Marques Colston, especially in the red zone. It might not happen out of the gate, but having an early rapport with the starting quarterback is a solid first step towards a productive first campaign. Getting raved about is the cherry on top.
Thomas will likely take over Marques Colston's role which means he'll play about 60-70% of the snaps. Brandin Cooks is locked in as the WR1, while Willie Snead turned in a good first season as the team's WR2. With Coby Fleener bound to soak up targets at tight end, Thomas will have a tough time being fantasy relevant unless he's able to overtake Snead.
Colston missed three games for the first time since the 2008 season, and caught his lowest number of passes in his career, finishing out his last year with 45 receptions for 520 yards and four touchdowns.
“Brandon Coleman who is a big guy out of Rutgers that has done some good things and I think in many ways is the heir apparent to Marques,” said GM Mickey Loomis, earlier in February. Coleman should absorb a good portion of Colston's targets if the Saints don't make a move at the position. Brandin Cooks (8.1 targets per game) and Willie Snead (6.7) will likely see the bulk of the targets at receiver. Snead is shaping up as a particularly nice sleeper in 8th-10th range in early PPR drafts.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (chest, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Colston will miss the finale. Brandon Coleman played 51% of the snaps against the Jaguars, catching four passes for 45 yards.
Drew Brees will play today after being a question mark all week. It's a nice matchup for Brees, but he likely isn't 100-percent with a foot issue.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (chest) missed practice again Thursday. This is a new injury for Colston, so his availability for Sunday is uncertain. If he’s out, Brandon Coleman figures to see the largest jump in playing time.
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 5:00pm
New Orleans Saints Status Report
T Terron Armstead (knee), S Jairus Byrd (knee), WR Marques Colston (not injury related), G Jahri Evans (ankle), DT John Jenkins (concussion), T Zach Strief (hip, shoulder)
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Saints WR Marques Colston (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Colston is something of a Sneaky Start despite the bad matchup against Carolina since it looks like Willie Snead is out.
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