Top 5 New Orleans Saints Receivers Of All-Time
Who are the top 5 receivers in the history of the New Orleans Saints?
Yesterday, we unveiled the five best outside linebackers in franchise history.
Today, we move back to the offensive side of the ball.
1)---MARQUES COLSTON---After finishing his collegiate career at Hofstra, Colston was taken by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Colston immediately paid dividends fro the Saints, catching 70 passes for 1,038 yards and 8 touchdowns in his rookie season, before following that up with 98 catches for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns, all career-highs in 2007. Those 168 catches from 2006-2007 gave Colston an NFL record for the most catches by a player in his first two years in the league. After an injury-plagued 2008 season, Colston bounced back with four-consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, before accumulating over 1,800 more receiving yards over the last two seasons. A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colston caught 7 passes for 83 yards in the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts. In nine in the NFL, all with the Saints, Colston compiled 711 receptions for 9,759 yards and 72 touchdowns, all franchise records.
2)---JOE HORN---The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Horn signed with the Saints prior to the 2000 season and made an immediate impact, catching a career-high 94 passes for 1,340 yards and 8 touchdowns, while helping the Saints to their first playoff victory in franchise history. Horn went on to garner four Pro Bowl honors, including the 2004 season, when he tied that career mark with 94 receptions, along with career highs in receiving yards (1,399), and touchdowns (11). Following the 2006 season, Horn left the Saints, and signed with the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he played for one season, prior to retiring following the 2007 campaign. In 7 seasons with the Saints, Horn totaled 523 receptions for 7,622 yards and 50 touchdowns, all numbers which rank third in franchise history.
3)---ERIC MARTIN---A native of Van Vleck, Texas, Martin made an immediate impact, compiling 35 receptions for 522 yards and 4 touchdowns in 16 games, including 11 starts, as a rookie in 1985. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Martin then caught a combined 71 passes for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns in his next two seasons, 1986-1987, before having a string of 6-consecutive seasons in which he caught at least 63 passes for at least 803 yards, including 1988, a year he was named to the Pro Bowl, after finishing with 85 catches for 1,083 yards and 7 touchdowns. Martin left the Saints following the 1993 season and plane season with the Kansas City Chiefs, before retiring following the 1994 campaign. In nine seasons with the Saints, Martin caught 532 passes for 7,854 yards and 48 touchdowns. Martin ranks second in franchise history in receptions and receiving yards, and fourth in touchdowns.
4)---DANNY ABRAMOWICZ---After playing his college football at Xavier (Ohio), Abramowicz was selected by the Saints in the 17th round of the 1967 NFL Draft. The pick paid immediate dividends, as Abramowicz caught 50 passes for 721 yards and 6 touchdowns in his rookie season, and followed that up with 54 catches for 890 yards and seven scores in 1968. In 1969, Abramowicz had the best season of his career, catching 73 passes for 1,015 yards and 7 touchdowns, while garnering All-Pro honors. Abramowicz remained a starter for the Saints for the next three-and-a-half years, catching 132 passes, to go along with 17 touchdowns. The Saints traded Abramowicz to the San Francisco 49ers during the 1973 season, where he played through the 1974 season, prior to retiring. In his 7 seasons with the Saints, Abramowicz accumulated 309 receptions, which ranks 6th in franchise history, for 4,875 yards and 37 touchdowns.
5)---LANCE MOORE---Probably because he played alongside Colston, Moore is undervalued by many. But look at the numbers; in 8 seasons with the Saints, from 2006-2013, Moore caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. Those stats rank 5th, 7th, and 5th, respectively, in franchise history. From 2007-2013, Moore never missed a game, and eclipsed 60 catches three different times, including a career-high 79 catches in 2008, along with a career-best 1,041 receiving yards in 2,012. He belongs on the list.