New Orleans Saints WRs Marques Colston and Lance Moore were named to USA TODAY Sports’ 21st annual All-Joe team, USA TODAY announced Wednesday.
The All-Joe team was created in 1992 and honors the “unsung Joes” in the NFL. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl are eligible and each NFL team is represented on the squad.
USA TODAY on Colston: Six 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 58 TD grabs, but he’s never been to a Pro Bowl. Seriously? But that will happen when you’re a wideout who merely works hard and says nothing. Colston is one of those players we’d like to see graduate beyond All-Joe recognition.
USA TODAY on Moore: He seems to have finally swatted the injury bug. Great. He just turned in his first 1,000-yard season. Impressive. Of his 65 catches, 55 produced first downs. All-Joe.
Colston’s 2012 campaign was among his most explosive and productive, as he was once among league receiving leaders and the club’s leader in most categories. The only Saints wideout to appear in every contest, as he played in every game for the first time since 2009, Colston ranked second on the team in receiving with 84 catches for 1,154 yards (13.9 avg.) and a club-high ten touchdown grabs. His 65 first downs also led the club. He ranked 16th in the NFL in receptions, 13th in receiving yardage, tied for seventh in touchdown receptions, 13th in third down receptions (24) and 17th in first downs.
In 2012, Moore finished ranked first on the Saints in yards per catch with 65 receptions for a career-high 1,141 yards (16.0 avg.) with six touchdowns. Moore and Colston combined to give the Saints only the second pair of wideouts in franchise history with 1,000 yard seasons (2001– Joe Horn, 81 receptions for 1,265 yards and Willie Jackson, 81 receptions for 1,046 yards).
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