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Marques Colston Essential to Success of New Orleans Saints

Marques Colston Essential to Success of New Orleans Saints

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

There is no question quarterback Drew Brees is the heart and soul of the New Orleans Saints. With that being said, wide receiver Marques Colston could be considered the second most important player on the team considering the production he has given over the years. There is no doubt Colston will have to have a big season if the Saints want to succeed in 2013.

The 30-year-old exploded with a career-high 1,154 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 83 receptions in 16 games last season. It marked the fourth year in a row that he recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards. In fact, the only season in which he did not reach 1,000 yards occurred in 2008 when he was only able to appear in 11 games.

Colston expects to outdo himself once again in 2013, which is something Saints fans should be excited about. In order for the Saints to make the playoffs, he will definitely have to have a big season with other wide receivers following in his lead.

What people may not realize is that Colston does much more than just be an effective receiver. He also opens up the field for other playmakers, in particular tight end Jimmy Graham.

The fourth-year player is primed to have a huge year in 2013 after a terrific offseason in which many have said that he looks to be in the best shape of his life. With Colston consistently having a big impact on the field, Graham will be to get open more, which will allow him to terrorize defenses in the middle. Once the opposing safeties come in to pick him up, Brees will be able to launch deep balls all day long to Colston down the side.