Marquez Callaway

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #1
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #1

Marquez Callaway News

Set to hit restricted free agency

Callaway failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 10-7 loss versus the Panthers.

Analysis: Callaway suited up for the regular-season finale after being ruled a healthy scratch in three of the previous seven games. However, his season-low eight offensive snaps was still the fewest of any Saints wide receiver Week 18. The third-year wideout previously served as one of the team's top pass catchers when Michael Thomas (toe), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Chris Olave (concussion) were all sidelined in mid-October. However, Callaway was then crowded out with Olave available for all but one of the final 11 games and undrafted rookie Rasheed Shaheed stepping up into the No. 2 receiver spot over the second half of the season. Any additional targets were largely eaten up by No.1 tight end Juwan Johnson. Callaway finished the 2022 season with 16 receptions (on 32 targets) for 158 yards and one touchdown while adding 25 punt-return yards over 14 games. The 6-foot-2 wideout is now set to enter the 2023 offseason as a restricted free agent, leaving his future with the Saints up in the air.

Jan 9, 2023 1:20 PM EST


Healthy scratch again

Callaway is inactive for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

Analysis: Callaway was the team's No. 2 receiver at one point earlier this season and got some snaps last week with Chris Olave sidelined by a hamstring injury, but this isn't the first time Callaway has been a healthy scratch. Olave is back in this week, and likely joined by Rashid Shaheed and Tre'Quan Smith as the lead trio at wide receiver. Callaway thus loses out to Kirk Merritt and Keith Kirkwood, both of whom seemingly offer more special teams value.

Jan 1, 2023 8:47 AM EST



Targeted once in loss

Callaway did not haul in his lone target during Monday's 17-16 loss versus the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Callaway has essentially fallen out of the Saints' wide receiver depth chart, as he's now seen just two targets while being ruled a healthy scratch twice in the last four weeks. While he appeared to have a chance at a bigger role after Kevin White (illness) was waived Monday, the 24-year-old Callaway wound up playing just two more offensive snaps than core special-teamer Tre'Quan Smith (11) and Kirk Merritt (11), the latter of whom was elevated from the practice squad Week 13. Callaway helped fill in for the team's extremely banged-up receiving corps up until Week 9. But, his targets have now gone toward explosive playmaker Rashid Shaheed, whose seen his playing time increase in each of the past four games. Expect Callaway to continue playing an extremely limited role when active moving forward.

Dec 6, 2022 11:02 PM EST


Won't play Sunday

Callaway (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the 49ers.

Analysis: Callaway was also a healthy scratch Week 10, and although he suited up Week 11 against the Rams, he only saw one target, which he caught for a six-yard gain. He'll now work to be active Week 13 against the Buccaneers.

Nov 27, 2022 12:09 PM EST


One catch in return

Callaway reeled in his only target for six yards during Sunday's 27-20 win versus the Rams.

Analysis: Callaway saw a minimal role in the Saints' resurgent passing game Week 11. The 6-foot-2 wideout did not benefit from quarterback Andy Dalton's best passing stat line of the season, as he was targeted fewer than three times for just the second time in his last seven appearances. He also tied his lowest number of offense snaps played (21) from this span. After being ruled a healthy scratch with veteran wideout Jarvis Landry back in the lineup Week 10, Callaway appears set to play a deep supporting role so long as New Orleans' receiving corps remains healthy moving forward

Nov 21, 2022 11:13 AM EST



Healthy scratch Sunday

Callaway (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Pittsburgh.

Analysis: With Jarvis Landry (ankle) back in the lineup, Callaway is taking a seat for the first time this season. His absence will open up targets not only for Landry, but fellow wide receivers Chris Olave, Tre'Quan Smith, Kevin White and Rashid Shaheed. Callaway's next chance to mix into the Saints offense arrives next Sunday against the Rams.

Nov 13, 2022 8:41 AM EST


Commands five targets

Callaway recorded three receptions on five targets for 24 yards in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Callaway continued to command targets in the absence of Jarvis Landry (groin), as he has now earned at least five looks in four of his last six games. However, as has typically been the case, Calaway did little with the opportunity. His longest reception went for only 12 yards, and he has now failed to surpass 36 yards in any of his last five games.

Nov 7, 2022 10:05 PM EST


Minimal role in win

Callaway gathered in his only target for 10 yards on 21 offensive snaps during Sunday's 24-0 victory over the Raiders.

Analysis: Callaway logged his fewest offensive snaps, targets and receptions since Week 3, even though Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) remained out Sunday. The 6-foot-2 pass caught 10 of his 22 targets for 114 yards over the previous four weeks, but he tied for sixth in targets in this contest, and he also played fewer offensive snaps than fellow wideouts Tre'Quan Smith (38), Chris Olave (37) and Kevin White (30). Callaway's diminished role may indicate that he's fallen down the team's wide-receiver depth chart, which doesn't bode well for his target share heading into next Monday's game against the Ravens.

Oct 31, 2022 6:23 PM EST


Limited to pair of grabs Thursday

Callaway secured two of six targets for 20 yards in the Saints' 42-34 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Analysis: Callaway had a forgettable night overall despite the continued expanded opportunity afforded by the absences of Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle), as his drop led to the first of two late-first-half pick-sixes of Andy Dalton. Callaway finished tied for third on the team in targets and now has at least six in three of the last four games. However, that's led to single-game highs of just three catches and 53 yards, and if one or both of Thomas and Landry are healthy enough to return in the Week 8 matchup against the Raiders on Oct. 30, Callaway's role could certainly shrink.

Oct 20, 2022 10:08 PM EST


Steps up into No. 1 spot

Callaway caught three of seven targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 30-26 defeat against the Bengals.

Analysis: Callaway paced the Saints' wide receiver corps in targets and offensive snaps with starters Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Chris Olave all out due to injury Sunday; however, the 24-year-old still finished third on the team in receiving yards behind Tre'Quan Smith (43 yards) and tight end Juwan Johnson (41 yards). With primary returner Deonte Harty (foot) out on IR, Callaway also fair caught one punt while splitting these duties with undrafted rookie Rashid Shaheed. Callaway has now played at least 72 percent of New Orleans' offensive snaps in each of the last three games, recording eight receptions (on 16 targets) for 94 yards during this span. He figures to see increased playing time once again if Thomas and Landry remain sidelined during Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

Oct 17, 2022 8:37 PM EST


Starting role on tap again

Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith served as the Saints' top receivers during walk-through drills ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Analysis: After handling 96 and 72 percent snap shares in Week 4 and 5, Callaway looks primed for a similar level of playing time Sunday. Fellow wideouts Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) are sidelined for their third and second game in a row, respectively, while rookie first-round pick Chris Olave is inactive after he was unable to clear the concussion protocol. Additionally, the Saints are without another depth wideout in Deonte Harty (foot), who was recently moved to injured reserve. Of the five receivers who are active for the Saints this week, Callaway and Smith have combined for 12 of the 13 receptions the quintet has recorded this season.

Oct 16, 2022 9:37 AM EST


Handles punts in win

Callaway caught two of his three targets for five yards and returned two punts for 25 yards during Sunday's 39-32 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: With Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) both inactive Sunday, Callaway wound up playing the most offensive snaps (56) of any Saints' wideout, as Chris Olave was forced out with a concussion in the third quarter. However, the 24-year-old made his biggest impact on special teams after stepping in for primary punt returner Deonte Harty, who was forced out early with a turf toe injury. Callaway fielded five punts including three fair catches and a 21-yard return in the third quarter. The 6-foot-2 pass catcher could stand to see increased usage in New Orleans' banged-up receiving corps moving forward, though the team will likely continue to lean into its running game with Alvin Kamara, Taysom Hill and Mark Ingram.

Oct 10, 2022 9:51 PM EST


Steps up into starting role

Callaway caught three of his six targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: After failing to haul in his lone target during the first half, Callaway caught all three of his passes on the Saints' opening drive of the third quarter. The third-year pass catcher also recorded his team's longest play from scrimmage with a 33-yard reception down to Minnesota's eight-yard line. Callaway played the most offensive snaps (58) of any Saints' wide receiver with Michael Thomas (foot) ruled out Week 4, as fellow starters Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry were both limited to under 68 percent of the team's offensive snaps due to respective bone bruise and ankle issues. Callaway finished behind Olave for the second most targets from backup quarterback Andy Dalton, and he should retain a starting role so long as Thomas remains sidelined.

Oct 3, 2022 6:25 PM EST


Notches late-game score

Callaway caught a four-yard touchdown on his lone target over 13 offensive snaps during Sunday's 22-14 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: Callaway made the most of his limited offensive opportunities in Week 3, as he hauled in a touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. However, the third-year wideout played his fewest offensive snaps of the season, as Tre'Quan Smith made his 2022 debut before exiting with a concussion. Callaway also appeared on six special-teams snaps against the Panthers, though he could see a bigger role in Week 4 after starting wideouts Michael Thomas (toe) and Jarvis Landry (foot) both picked up injuries during Sunday's loss.

Sep 26, 2022 8:26 PM EST


Active Sunday

Callaway may the Saints' return man Sunday against the Panthers, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Callaway was seen fielding punts during warmups. The team's usual return man, Deonte Harty, is a healthy scratch. This is a role Callway had at times during his rookie season with the team, but had not carried over since.

Sep 25, 2022 9:17 AM EST


Not targeted once again Sunday

Callaway did not record a reception while going targetless during Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Buccaneers. He also played 17 offensive snaps and four special-team snaps.

Analysis: Callaway failed to make an impact as a receiver for the second straight week while lining up on the fourth most offensive snaps among the Saints' receiving corps Sunday. Though fellow wideout and return specialist Deonte Harty played fewer offensive snaps (11), he still managed to haul in his lone target for nine yards and finished as New Orleans' only wide receiver outside of starters Michael Thomas, Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry to record a reception against Tampa Bay. Nevertheless, Callaway's overall snap share seems to suggest that he should continue to vie with Harty for the team's No. 4 receiver spot as Tre'Quan Smith continues to deal with a nagging shoulder injury.

Sep 19, 2022 7:54 PM EST


Non-factor Sunday

Callaway was not targeted while playing 20 offensive snaps during the Saints' 27-26 victory against the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Callaway lined up out wide on 33 percent of New Orleans' offensive plays during this season opener. Still, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston opted to direct his 34 passing attempts, including 24 in the second half, to other receivers during the team's comeback win as Jarvis Landry, Michael Thomas and rookie first-rounder Chris Olave accounted for all but one of the team's wide receiver targets Sunday. It's likely that Callaway will continue to see a lack of opportunities as long as the aforementioned trio remains healthy.

Sep 12, 2022 4:42 PM EST


Returns for minicamp

Callaway (thumb) participated in June minicamp, the Saints' official website reports.

Analysis: Callaway had thumb surgery early in the offseason, but there weren't any reports of limitations at spring practices. His bigger concern for this year is a beefed-up WR room that now has Jarvis Landry and first-round pick Chris Olave joining Callaway, Michael Thomas (ankle), Deonte Harty and Tre'Quan Smith. There's still some opportunity for Callaway to earn a top-three spot on the depth chart -- especially if Thomas isn't ready for Week 1 -- but the 24-year-old just easily drop to the No. 4/5 role after starting 11 games last season.

Jun 25, 2022 12:17 PM EST


Recovering from thumb surgery

Callaway had offseason surgery on his thumb, Nader Mirfiq of Rare Media Live reports.

Analysis: Callaway has plenty of time to recover before training camp, at which point he'll likely be in the mix for the Saints' second or third wideout spot. Michael Thomas is expected to come back as the far-and-away No. 1, with Callaway and Deonte Harris the current favorites to earn key roles behind Thomas among the team's holdovers from 2021. While he fell far short of the summer hype, Callaway did finish last season with a respectable 46-698-6 receiving line on 84 targets, making him the leading receiver for one of the league's worst passing attacks.

Mar 18, 2022 12:33 PM EST


Underwhelming production in 2021

Callaway caught 46 of 84 targets for 698 yards and six touchdowns over 17 games in 2021.

Analysis: With Michael Thomas (ankle) on the shelf all season, Callaway consistently handled heavy snap counts for New Orleans both before and after Tre'Quan Smith made his season debut in Week 7. However, the 6-foot-2 receiver only ran a route on 53 percent of his snaps and he was only targeted on 19.5 percent of his routes - less than each of Deonte Harris, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Ty Montgomery and Adam Trautman. While Callaway still put together a couple of nice games this year, this underwhelming usage led to inconsistent stat lines that made him hard to trust in fantasy lineups. Unless the Saints get a dramatic upgrade at quarterback in the offseason, things could get worse for Callaway in 2022 with Thomas set to reprise his role as the team's undisputed top option at receiver.

Jan 16, 2022 12:27 PM EST


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