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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.

Saints Beat: Team could go with youth at WR

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 12:08pm

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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.

Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:04am

ESPN - [Full Article]

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).

Fantasy Impact:

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 (shoulder) ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:15pm

Saints Inactives
Nick Becton T
Brandon Deaderick DE
Kyle Knox LB
Terrence Frederick DB
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Robert Meachem WR
Khiry Robinson RB

Fantasy Impact:

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.

MNF Injury Report Week 12 - Pierre Thomas PROBABLE

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:42pm

WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), T Jah Reid (hand)

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)

LB Kyle Knox (hand), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm)

WR Robert Meachem (ankle)

RB Travaris Cadet (hamstring), RB Mark Ingram (shoulder), CB Keenan Lewis (knee), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), T Zach Strief (chest), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Saints have multiple ways to replace Jimmy Graham's production

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:15pm

NOLA - [Full Article]

How will the Saints replace Jimmy Graham?

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.

Finally, don't overlook running back Travaris Cadet. The Saints like lining him up outside as a receiver in four- or five-receiver sets, and there could be more of those on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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