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.
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.
Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:04am
Marques Colston might be back with the New Orleans Saints next year. But just in case he isn’t, the Saints cherished his game-winning touchdown in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for all it was worth.
Colston was awarded a game ball after turning a short pass into a 36-yard TD with 1:57 remaining. And the usually-stoic veteran even shed a tear, fellow receiver Robert Meachem told The Advocate.
“You couldn’t have scripted a better ending,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who acknowledged that assistant coach Joe Vitt had made the team aware of certain milestones they could reach in the season finale -- including the fact that Brees and Colston could move into fifth place in NFL history with 68 touchdowns as a duo (they broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne).
Brees, Meachem and receiver Kenny Stills all insisted that they expect Colston to be back in 2014, even though his future is in doubt since he’s due $7 million in salary and bonuses. But the emotion they all expressed made it clear that they’re prepared for the possibility Colston, 31, might be done after nine seasons with the Saints. Colston could take a pay cut to stay, the story pointed out, but Saints may want to move on with a healthy Brandin Cooks back next year to go along with Stills, who emerged this year after injuries slowed his start to 2014.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.
Pierre Thomas is active tonight, as expected, after missing time with a shoulder injury. We had a news item over the weekend that said Thomas wasn't expected to cut into Mark Ingram's carries too much, instead perhaps getting his share of work in the passing game. That would hurt Travis Cadet's value. Cadet is also active for MNF.
TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), RB Kyle Juszczyk (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)
WR Robert Meachem (ankle)
Thomas is now listed as probable and looks good for Week 12 against the Ravens. We had a news item earlier Saturday that was of the opinion Thomas wouldn't cut into Mark Ingram's workload too much, instead Thomas would likely affect Cadet's receptions and snaps. Thomas' value, at least this week, comes in PPR leagues while Ingram should remain a good option in all formats and get a bulk of the carries.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle) took limited practice reps again Friday.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle) took limited practice reps Thursday.
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 11.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle) missed practice again Thursday.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 10. His absence would further boost Kenny Stills’ Sneaky Start status.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:34pm
The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that receiver Joseph Morgan was placed on the reserve/suspended list and replaced by tight on Tom Crabtree on the 53-man roster. Coach Sean Payton declined to elaborate on the reason, and none has been revealed yet.
It appears as though it may have been a team suspension and not a league suspension, though that has not been confirmed. The move did not appear on the NFL’s transaction wire as of Tuesday.
Morgan, 26, has not played in a game since Week 1 (he’s been inactive five times this season). But when asked why during the course of the season, Morgan always insisted that there wasn’t any disciplinary reason for it. As Morgan has said, the Saints typically only use four receivers on game days, and the Saints had him below Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem in the pecking order.
The Saints could choose to reduce the number of multiple tight end packages and go with more four-receiver looks against Detroit. That would mean increased snaps for Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem. It could also mean the Saints choose to activate a fifth receiver on game day -- either Joe Morgan or Nick Toon.
Graham's absence will increase the workload for Ben Watson and, to a lesser extent, Josh Hill. We'll start to find out this week if recent tight end acquisition Tom Crabtree will have a meaningful role in the offense.
Hill is more of a "move" TE than Watson, though it was Watson who was targeted heavily (7) when Jimmy Graham was injured. Hill has a couple of touchdowns on the season and can run. Hill played a season-high 32 snaps in Week 5, so he figures to get extra snaps with Graham out.
Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:24am
Brandin Cooks had 14 more snaps than Marques Colston who wasn't targeted in the game. Cooks had 55 to Colston's 41. It wasn't a great day for Saint WRs though as non had more than three catches. Robert Meachem led the way with 37 yards. Cooks played the most but had just 17 yards. He did have two rushes for 31 yards. As long as Jimmy Graham remains a target, Saint WRs will have a lot of up and down weeks.
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