It's been more than five months since the New Orleans Saints released Marques Colston, their all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. And Colston, who played each of his 10 NFL seasons in New Orleans, has yet to sign with another team or declare an intention to retire.
For now, Colston told PennLive on Friday, he's in wait-and-see mode.
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native said he's been rehabbing a shoulder injury and will continue to do so for about another month before deciding whether to seek a roster spot somewhere.
With all the hype surrounding the training camp rookie receiver Michael Thomas is having, it's puzzling that the New Orleans Saints 6-foot-6 second year receiver Brandon Coleman who's drawn comparisons to Saints all-time leading receiver Marques Colston hasn't been mentioned much.
However Saints head coach Sean Payton said Coleman has been solid through training camp.
"I'd say so far, I don't know that it's jumped out at us necessarily, but I don't know that there's been a bunch of minuses." he said describing Coleman's start to camp.
Payton called Coleman's performance consistent and cited last year's experience where the former Rutgers standout caught 30 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns as a beneficial to him this season, the story said. Unfortunately for Coleman, we see him behind Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Thomas to start the season so he's only 91st on our WR list.
For a young receiver, earning the trust of a future Hall of Fame quarterback is vital. Saints rookie Michael Thomas already gained more than a modicum of confidence from Drew Brees.
"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.