Marques Colston: Re-Emergence of New Orleans Saints WR Bolsters Potent Offense

William TruaxContributor IIINovember 16, 2011

Marques Colston running through a tackle against the St. Louis Rams
Marques Colston running through a tackle against the St. Louis RamsDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

In last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Marques Colston had one of his best performances of the season. He caught eight balls for 113 yards and no touchdowns.

Late in the fourth quarter when the New Orleans Saints were trying to run down the clock, Colston made a big catch over the middle on third down. Without that conversion, the Falcons might have had enough time to win in regulation.

Luckily for Saints fans everywhere, Atlanta only tied the game and the black and gold were able to pick up a road win against the hated division rival in overtime.

The re-emergence of the former Hofstra standout only makes the Saints offense even more dangerous.

Since coming back from the injury sustained in the opening week, he has looked like the Marques Colston of old. He has been sure-handed over the middle of the field and has been a playmaker for New Orleans.

In fact, he had one of the best catches of the season against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7. Colston elevated above two defenders in the end zone and plucked the ball out of the air with just one hand.

Only positives can come from the fact that Colston is playing well, however, Jimmy Graham’s numbers have taken a hit because of the return of the WR.

Graham tore out of the gates, at one point having four straight 100-yard performances, which was tied with Tony Gonzalez for tight ends, but has since slowed down a bit. You will not hear him complain—or any Saint for that matter—because that is the mentality in New Orleans.

Drew Brees spreads the ball around without prejudice and the Saints' offensive personnel would not have it any other way.

From Graham (62 receptions, 873 yards) to Jed Collins with three TDs (two rushing), Brees will throw to anyone and everyone. If a player cannot handle not getting the ball every play, he will be shipped away, just ask Joe Horn.

Through 10 games, Colston has 42 receptions for 589 yards and three TDs, and those numbers should only improve as the Saints continue to win.