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Colston caught two passes for 25 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown grab, in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Colston benefitted from the return of Drew Brees, who appeared to be in regular-form despite missing most of training camp with an oblique injury. Hampered by foot and knee injuries during the first half of last season, Colston turned it on over the season's final eight games. With the Saints posting points at ease this preseason, Colston, who has proven to be one of the most consistent fantasy receivers over his career, is looking more and more like a steal at his current ADP.

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Colston, who missed Friday's preseason game for undisclosed reasons, returned to practice on Monday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Colston, hampered by foot and knee injuries much of the first half, suffered through arguably his worst season as a pro last year, failing to post 1,000 yards receiving or seven scores for the first time since 2008. Still, he managed 48 grabs for 601 yards and four scores over the final eight games of 2013, showing that his early-season ailments may have been to blame for his relatively low numbers. While it's possible Colston has lost a step as he enters his ninth NFL season, he's been one of the most consistent weapons in fantasy during his career and remains the top wide receiver option in a Drew Brees-led offense, making him a potential value if he slips in fantasy drafts.

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Colston caught two passes for 10 yards on four targets in Friday's preseason opener against the Rams.

Colston's role probably won't change much, as the Saints drafted Brandin Cooks and will likely throw to Kenny Stills more often, but they also lost Lance Moore and Darren Sproles in the offseason. It's fair to expect a rebound of sorts from Colston, who battled a foot injury for much of last season, before coming on strong in the second half, followed by a huge performance against the Seahawks in the divisional playoffs. According to ESPN.com, Colston feels much better than he did at this time a year ago. The veteran wideout said training camp has been "a totally different experience" without the foot injury to contend with.

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Marques Colston reiterated that he has "no restrictions" from his past chronic foot woes.

"I feel really good," he said. "The foot I know was addressed earlier in the offseason. It's really not an issue. I've been able to get out here with really no restrictions and just run around and feel good." Still only 31 -- certainly not a past-prime age for wide receivers, Colston is commonly available in the seventh and eighth rounds of pre-training camp fantasy drafts.

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Marques Colston says the foot issues that hampered him in 2013 are no longer giving him fits.

"Feels completely different," Colston said. "No restrictions." Colston started slow last season, but if we extrapolated his final ten games out over a 16-game season, Colson would have put up a very respectable 98-1,213-8 receiving line. The top wideout in a Drew Brees-led offense, Colston is a back-end WR2.

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Coach Sean Payton doesn't expect the nagging foot woes Marques Colston battled last season to go away.

It's March, but Payton is already saying that Colston's practice time will have to be monitored again this season. It's obviously not ideal. Colston set four-year lows in catches (75), yards (943) and touchdowns (5) last year while also watching his YPC sink for the third straight season. The 31-year-old (in June) remains a WR3 as the top wideout in Drew Brees' offense, but there's very little explosive upside left here.

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Saints coach Sean Payton says Marques Colston's ill-fated lateral attempt on the final play of Saturday's loss to the Seahawks was a called play.

As suspected. With the Saints looking to score a touchdown and two-point conversion, Colston caught a 13-yard pass near the sideline. Instead of going out of bounds, he attempted to "lateral" the ball across the entire field. Instead, he committed an illegal forward pass that ended the game. Even had Colston's lateral been perfectly executed, the odds were long that New Orleans was going to escape Seattle with a victory.

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Marques Colston caught 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks.

With the Seahawks eliminating Jimmy Graham, Colston drew a team-leading 16 targets. Colston did tough work over the middle against Seattle's league-best secondary, but also committed a baffling forward pass on New Orleans' futile final play from scrimmage. In Colston's defense, it was quite likely a designed play. Going on 31, Colston wasn't himself for the first half of 2013, but was a different player after sitting out to rest a knee injury in Week 9, catching 48 passes over his final eight games. He'll be back as Drew Brees' No. 1 receiver for 2014, and will be a high-end WR3 for fantasy purposes.

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Marques Colston led Saints receivers by playing on 51-of-72 snaps (70.8 percent) in Saturday's win over the Eagles.

Colston's surprisingly low two targets were not a result of reduced playing time. The Saints took an effective run-heavy approach in the bitter cold as they nursed a lead for much of the game, leading to no one going over 44 receiving yards. We can safely expect a ton more targets for Colston in the Divisional Round as the Seahawks have been installed as eight-point favorites. Making plays against the Legion of Boom is another story, of course, as Colston had a 4/27/0 line on seven targets when these teams met in Week 13.

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Marques Colston caught two passes for 16 yards in Saturday's Wild Card win at Philadelphia.