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25 reasons to get excited about 2014 Saints training camp presented by Verizon: Wide Receivers

Posted Jul 22, 2014

How many of the 11 wide receivers entering camp will end up making the 53-man roster?

The New Orleans Saints enter 2014 Training Camp presented by Verizon with 11 wide receivers: veterans Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Kenny Stills, Joseph Morgan, Nick Toon, Andy Tanner, Charles Hawkins and rookies Brandin Cooks, Steve Hull, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones.

Colston leads the group of seven returning veterans. The nine-year veteran turned in another outstanding season for the Saints in 2013. He finished the season with 75 catches for 943 yards. Colston had five touchdowns and averaged 12.6 yards per reception. He became the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (607) and receiving yards (8,337).

Stills appeared in all 16 games with 10 starts and recording 32 receptions for 641 yards (20.0 avg.) with five TDs.

Toon played in eight games and started three in 2013. He caught four balls for 68 yards (17.0).

Meachem hauled in 16 receptions for 324 yards (20.3 avg.) and two touchdowns in 2013.

In 2014, Morgan will look to rebound from a torn ACL suffered in 2013 training camp and re-establish himself as the dangerous deep threat that he developed into in his first full season on the field in 2012. While appearing in 14 games with five starts, the former undrafted free agent from Walsh University in his hometown of Canton, Ohio hauled in 10 passes for 379 yards (37.9 avg.) and three touchdowns, while serving in the wide receiver rotation.

After spending the end of the 2010 season and most of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 campaigns on the practice squad, working with the scout team, as well as seeing action in the preseason, Tanner will compete for a roster spot. He was on active roster for season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, but declared inactive.

In 2013 preseason, Hawkins tied for the Arizona Cardinals lead in receiving with 11 receptions for a team-best 209 yards (19.0 avg.). He played in 34 games and caught 71 passes for 1,091 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons at Southern.

The rookie wideout Saints fans are most interested in checking out during camp is Cooks.

The Saints traded up in the 2014 NFL Draft to the 20th slot to have the opportunity to pick Cooks.

Cooks, The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner, started 29-of-38 games and posted 226 receptions for 3,272 yards (14.5 avg.) with 24 touchdowns, also adding 61 carries for 340 yards (5.6 avg.). He’s expected to also compete for snaps in the return game for the Saints. At Oregon State, Cooks returned 12 punts for 72 yards and brought back eight kickoffs for 179 yards for a career total of 3,863 all-purpose yards.

Coleman played 39 games for Rutgers recording 94 receptions for 1,808 yards (19.2 avg.). He matched the Scarlet Knights school record for receiving touchdowns by catching 20 in his career.

Hull spent his first three years playing safety at Illinois before changing positions to wide receiver as a senior. He played in 37 games for the Illini recording 59 receptions for 993 yards and seven touchdowns, 94 tackles (62 solo), one sack, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, three passes defensed and three interceptions.

Jones played in 45 games with Valdosta State recording 149 receptions for 2,374 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was named All-Gulf South Conference first team in 2013 and 2012.