Immediately following the 2006 NFL Draft, the only thing Marques Colston was known for was being the guy whose mom couldn’t spell “Marcus.” But it didn’t take long for the seventh-round pick out of Hofstra University to make his presence known throughout WhoDat Nation, and eventually, the rest of the league.
At a position where most players take at least a season to find their niche, Colston was an anomaly. As the immediate go-to receiver in the New Orleans Saints‘ revitalized offense, the 6-foot-4 receiver caught 70 passes for 1, 038 yards and eight touchdowns. After his second year in the league, Colston had more receptions than any other player in their first two seasons. That 168-catch record still stands.
Since being drafted in 2006, Colston has been a model of consistency and, until Jimmy Graham‘s emergence, had established himself as Drew Brees‘ favorite target. His career averages of 75/1, 042/7.8 become even more impressive when you consider that few other receivers have been able to even maintain a permanent role in this ball-distributing offense.
Throughout his eight year career, Colston has only twice not amassed 1,000 yards — once in 2008, when he only played 11 games, and again in 2013 when he came up 57 yards short.
In the last eight seasons, the Saints have only fallen out of the top-five for total offense once, when they were sixth. In half of those seasons, The Bayou Boys accumulated more yards than any other team. In two of those years, Colston was the leading receiver — making him the leading receiver in the leading offense in the NFL, twice. So what does the Saints’ all-time leading receiver have to show for it? Zero Pro Bowls.
In his second year, Colston tallied 98 catches, 1, 202 yards and 11 touchdowns. The same year, Donald Driver made the Pro Bowl catching 16 fewer passes for 150 less yards and nine fewer touchdowns. Nine! If that doesn’t scream Pro Bowl snub, I don’t know what does.
Chances are Coslton, 31, has already passed the prime of his career, and with the likes of Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson in the NFC, will probably never make a Pro Bowl roster, which is nothing short of a travesty.
While anyone outside of New Orleans may not know his worth, I can guarantee at least Brees and coach Sean Payton appreciate his services.