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Injuries muddle Saints receiving corps

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As long as the Saints have coach Sean Payton running the show and quarterback Drew Brees throwing the passes, they’ll have a potent passing attack.  But the receiver position has produced plenty of question marks in training camp, due in large part to injury.

The good news is that Marques Colston finally emerged from the physically unable to perform list on Monday, after missing 10 days of camp with a foot injury.  The bad news is that up-and-comer Joe Morgan injured a knee during Saturday’s scrimmage, and his status is murky.

Payton didn’t disclose much about Morgan on Monday, but Morgan will be getting a second opinion.

Also injured is Andy Tanner, with a shoulder problem.

The situation has resulted in the Saints getting two new receivers, with the arrival of veteran Steve Breaston and the return of Brent Leonard, who was cut last Tuesday.

For now, the Saints need enough bodies to get through the reps of camp and the snaps of the preseason.  Eventually, a Week One depth chart will have to shake out.  While Colston and Lance Moore remain the likely starters, Morgan’s potential absence throws a wrench into the No. 3 position, and some guys without recognizable names will need to step up.

Or maybe they’ll just use Jimmy Graham more as a wideout.  Which could put him on track for the receiver franchise tag in 2014.  Which makes it even more prudent to sign him to a long-term deal now.

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11 Responses to “Injuries muddle Saints receiving corps”
  1. nolahxc says: Aug 6, 2013 9:03 AM

    Toon and Stills!

  2. saints12013 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:08 AM

    We’re obviously not that high on Toon and Stills if we went right out and signed Breaston.

  3. richiejf says: Aug 6, 2013 9:43 AM

    saints12013 says:
    Aug 6, 2013 9:08 AM
    We’re obviously not that high on Toon and Stills if we went right out and signed Breaston.
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    I think it has more to do with having a warm body in camp. If Morgan is out for a while, and it sounds like he might be, then it may be nice to have a vet who can run in the mix. I don’t think it has anything at all to do with them not being high on Toon and Stills. Its just a way of covering their bases rather than pinning everything on what is essentially two rookies before the preseason even starts. Due diligence.

  4. sb44champs says: Aug 6, 2013 9:47 AM

    saints12013 says:
    Aug 6, 2013 9:08 AM
    We’re obviously not that high on Toon and Stills if we went right out and signed Breaston.
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    Doesn’t mean that we’re not high on them, we just like to have proven commodities to compete for the 3rd starting receiver position….

  5. darthsaint says: Aug 6, 2013 10:00 AM

    Let me first say…Steve Breaston is not a major difference maker.

    I however do remember Larry Fitzgerald being very upset when the Cards let him leave for the Chiefs. He didn’t do as well there for sure. But I think that had a lot more to do with the offence and the lack of quality QB play.

    When with the cards, he was the perfect compliment to a true #1 receiver. He seemed to thrive in single coverage with a QB who could get him the ball in space.

    That is the exact same formula the Saints offer. He would at best…be the 4th and sometimes 5th read option between Colston, Graham, Moore, Sproles, etc. I think in those situations, he can shine.

    All that said…IF…he hasn’t completely lost his step. But that is why they have training camp. Time to evaluate and see what is left in the tank.

    If not, all reports I’ve read is that Stills and Toon are playing very well so far in camp. Should be interesting.

  6. schmitty2 says: Aug 6, 2013 10:02 AM

    If this was the WR corps on most any other teams it would be a nightmare but the Saints have proven over the years that with Brees and that style of offense that it makes average and even below average WR’s look decent-Henderson, Meachem etc. No need to push the panic button.

  7. noring4youstill says: Aug 6, 2013 10:08 AM

    We’ll be fine. We have Mark Ingram! Who Dat!

  8. droyer85 says: Aug 6, 2013 10:30 AM

    They will be fine and Jimmy Graham will not be tagged, they’ll get a deal done with him either this year or next. If either side thought this was an urgent matter, he’d already have a deal. He’s not going anywhere. The national media is much more worried about Jimmy Graham’s contract then Jimmy Graham or the Saints.

  9. wwttww says: Aug 6, 2013 10:36 AM

    3rd place in NFC South….Without Brees this is a 6 win team

  10. wfmulder says: Aug 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    wwttww says:
    Aug 6, 2013 10:36 AM
    3rd place in NFC South….Without Brees this is a 6 win team
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    Your point?

    Without Brady, New England is a 6 win team

    Without Rodgers, Green Bay is a 6 win team

    See the pattern here?

  11. droyer85 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    wwttww says:
    Aug 6, 2013 10:36 AM
    3rd place in NFC South….Without Brees this is a 6 win team

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    1st place in NFC South… Without Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman and Cam Newton, Saints sweep the division.

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