The New Orleans Saints are 0-4, and the team's defense has struggled to limit opposing teams. The New Orleans passing game has been one of the best in the league over the past six seasons, although the offense has not yet been able to score enough to post a win in 2012. Still quarterback Drew Brees has been one of the top passers again, with several of his receivers also among league leaders.
Below is a look at the Saints' top receivers now that a quarter of the season has been completed.
The tight end leads the Saints with 24 catches and three touchdowns, while also bringing in 248 receiving yards. After finishing last year with 99 receptions, 1,310 yards and 11 scores, Graham has picked up right where he left off. He scored in his first three games, which marked eight consecutive games with a receiving touchdown for Graham when including the playoffs. When the Saints turn this season around, Graham will be a huge part of it.
Colston did not perform well earlier this season and did not look healthy and comfortable. However, he came back in Week Four with one of his biggest games in a while, catching nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. He now leads the team with 313 receiving yards and has 19 catches for the year. More importantly, if Colston is back and plays this way for the rest of the season, the Saints will start winning very soon.
Moore is second on the team with 287 yards, adding 19 catches and two touchdowns. He is one of Brees' favorite targets, especially on third down, and he has 18 first downs this season.
The running back is second on the team with 23 receptions, good for 207 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Sproles also leads the Saints with 195 total yards after the catch.
Thomas is the fifth player with double-digit receptions this year, catching 11 passes for 99 yards in the first four games. The running back had career highs last season with 50 catches and 425 receiving yards and is nearly on pace to match those numbers.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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