Marques Colston WR NO 6 Months

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 8 Months1 Comment

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 8 Months

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 8 Months

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.

Marques Colston WR NO 8 Months

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

Marques Colston WR NO 9 Months

The 2013 Saints are the first team in league history to field four players who caught 70-plus balls.

Jimmy Graham led the unit with 86 catches, nine more than runner-up Pierre Thomas. Marques Colston tallied 75, and Darren Sproles had 71. The overall team production was outstanding, but fantasy consistency was elusive for Saints skill-position players throughout the regular season, and this explains why. "Spread the wealth," said a smiling Drew Brees when told of the stat.

Marques Colston WR NO 9 Months

Marques Colston caught six passes for 67 yards in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Marques Colston WR NO 9 Months

Marques Colston (back) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is listed as probable for Week 17.

Colston was limited early in the week with a back injury, but his status was never in doubt. Rotoworld ranks him as the No. 15 wideout for Week 17.

Marques Colston WR NO 9 Months

Marques Colston (back) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

Colston will be ready to roll as the Saints' No. 1 receiver for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Marques Colston WR NO 9 Months

Marques Colston (back) was limited in Saints practice Wednesday.

Colston wouldn't be practicing at all if he were in danger of missing Sunday's clash with the Bucs. Coach Sean Payton has vowed to treat Week 17 "like a playoff game," so expect Colston to be in for his normal complement of snaps.