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Marques Colston Has Big Role to Play for New Orleans Saints

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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With all the youth in the New Orleans Saints receiving corps, there has to be someone that can step up and provide stability and experience. So it comes as a no-brainer that nine-year veteran and the club’s all-time leading receiver, Marques Colston, has taken on that role.

He may not be as good as he once was physically, but there is little reason to believe that the 31-year-old won’t be able to bounce back from his down 2013 season. And now, with rookie Brandin Cooks on the team, he may not even be the most talented wide receiver on the team. However, he and Robert Meachem (who might not make the team) are the only receivers on the current roster that have more than one year of regular season experience. It’s that experience that makes him so valuable for this team right now.

Another big part of his game in 2014 will be his familiarity with Drew Brees. Brees isn’t a tough guy to figure out, but he will certainly be most comfortable to throw to. The two have been a dynamic duo for years and, while there is some new blood that will cut in to Colston’s carries, he’ll still make a nice safety net for his quarterback.

There won’t be any shortage of great receivers for the Saints this year, but they will largely depend on Colston to help them get everything figured out. All that remains to be seen is whether Colston can make the transition from top receiver to mentor this season. He’s never been an outspoken guy, but it’d be a surprise not to see his leadership abilities shine.

William Potter is a New Orleans Saints writer for Rant Sports. Follow him @potter_taylor, like him on Facebook and add him to Google.