Over the past few seasons, Marques Colton has quietly been one of the best receivers in the league. But based on his performance last year, particularly that in the divisional round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, one would have some trouble believing it. Despite all the bad press and repercussions from his bad play, it would surprising to see a repeat performance from the New Orleans Saints receiver.
Last season was the first time since 2008 that Colston has put up fewer than 1,000 yards (and he only played 11 games that season). He was coming off a spectacular 2012 campaign, but he just didn’t have his usual stuff. And, to be honest, it wasn’t a shock to see his numbers dip with all the talent in the receiving corps. He had to compete with several other talented players, two of whom are no longer with the team. With Darren Sproles and Lance Moore gone, Colston should see a few more receptions in 2014.
Colston isn’t known for making boneheaded plays all the time. He messed up (big time) in the playoffs, but that is relatively uncharacteristic of Colston. During his career, he’s been a consistent target who helps his team win games and has never made more mistakes than any other player. It was an unfortunate mistake at an even worse time, but with all of the backlash, one can be sure that he won’t do anything like that again.
Above all, Colston knows that he has to prove that he’s still a top receiver in the league. There were times last year where he reminded Saints fans why they loved him (such as 125 yards and two touchdowns at home against the Carolina Panthers), and that’s what he’ll try to do this season. He’s still going to have to fight for receptions, but there isn’t any reason that Colston can’t redeem himself.