By William Potter on July 17, 2014
With Drew Brees behind him, Marques Colston has managed to break many of the New Orleans Saints' receiving records. He might not be considered the top receiver in the league right now, but he has earned a place amongst some of the best in franchise history. Here's a look at the team's top five pass-catchers ever.
Moore was quietly one of the best weapons in Drew Brees' receiving corps during his time in New Orleans, and his numbers reflected that. In the eight seasons he was there, he pulled in 346 catches for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. It was a tight race between Moore and 1967-1973 receiver Danny Abramowicz, but being part of a Super Bowl squad makes a lot of difference.
He's the most dynamic "pass-catcher" for the Saints right now. Despite only four seasons with Saints so far, Graham is seventh all-time in receiving yards (3,863), sixth in receptions (301) and fourth in touchdowns (41). Now that he's been locked up for the next few years, he's sure to work his way up the list.
After four mediocre seasons in Kansas City, Joe Horn made his way to New Orleans where he exploded onto the scene. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and is second in Saints' history in touchdowns (50) and third in receptions (523) and yards (7,622). He only played seven years with the Saints, fewer than anyone in front of him, which makes his accomplishments all the more impressive.
With the possible exception of Abramowicz, Martin was the first star receiver for the Saints. He played nine seasons in New Orleans and is second all-time in receptions (532) and receiving yards (7,854) and third in touchdowns (48). He played from 1985-1993, which was well before Brees and the era of a dynamic Saints' passing game, so his numbers are pretty amazing, all things considered.
After eight seasons with the Saints, Colston is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (607), yards (8,337) and, by a huge margin, touchdowns (63). Surprisingly enough, Colston has never been elected to a Pro Bowl, despite being one of the better receivers in the league. Even if he's not respected by the league, there's no doubt that he's the top guy in Saints' history.
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