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Marquez Callaway

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

Marquez Callaway News

Leads team in receiving

Callaway had four receptions (five targets) for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Callaway turned in his best performance of the season as the Saints move to 2-1. He continues to serve as the club's top receiving option, but that hadn't resulted in much fantasy production due to the conservative nature of New Orleans' offensive gameplan. Callaway will look to build on this performance in a soft matchup against the Giants next Sunday.

Sep 26, 2021 3:21 PM EST

Two catches in Sunday's loss

Callaway caught two of four targets for eight yards in Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Jameis Winston only completed 11 passes all afternoon in a truly terrible performance, but Callaway still led all Saints' wideouts in catches and targets. The second-year player still appears to be atop the depth chart for New Orleans, but between a blowout win in Week 1 and a complete no-show by the Saints' offense in Week 2, he hasn't had much of a chance to turn that role into real volume. Callaway faces a potentially tough matchup next week as well, on the road against the Patriots.

Sep 19, 2021 2:21 PM EST

Two targets in starting role

Callaway caught one of two passes for 14 yards during Sunday's 38-3 win over the Packers.

Analysis: After a summer full of hype, Callaway didn't seem to be have a large role in the game plan despite the absences of both Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring). Instead, Jameis Winston spread the ball around to eight different receivers with Adam Trautman (six targets) and Alvin Kamara (four) getting the most attention. However, it should be noted that Winston only needed to throw 20 passes in this one, and Callaway would be an obvious candidate to see more looks when the Saints do need to air it out more often. The second-year receiver will look to rebound in Week 2 against Carolina.

Sep 12, 2021 6:37 PM EST

Primed for No. 1 role

Callaway enters Week 1 against Green Bay as the Saints' likely No. 1 receiver, while Michael Thomas (ankle) is out for at least five games and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) for at least three, Amie Just of The Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Thomas is on the PUP list and Smith on injured reserve. Callaway barely made the team as an undrafted rookie last season, but he now finds himself as the likely go-to receiver for Jameis Winston, who otherwise has Alvin Kamara and a couple of young, unproven tight ends. Callaway caught eight of nine targets for 165 yards in two preseason games, including a pair of TDs from Winston. The Saints' depth chart behind Callaway doesn't offer much, with Deonte Harris, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Chris Hogan and Ty Montgomery all candidates to handle various roles.

Sep 10, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Sensational versus Jaguars

Callaway caught all five of his targets for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 23-21 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Callaway was the star of the show, hauling in a 43-yard touchdown while being interfered with to cap New Orleans' opening drive. He then made an incredible, one-handed catch while outstretched for a 29-yard score two series later. In doing so, the second-year pro showed a great connection with quarterback Jameis Winston, which should bode well for Callaway as he approaches the regular season. With Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (undisclosed) sidelined to this point, Callaway has operated as the Saints' top wideout, and has impressed in that role. Smith seems a safe bet to be ready to play Week 1, but Callaway has certainly capitalized on his recent opportunity, putting his stock on the rise as coach Sean Payton likely embraces a more vertical passing game this season.

Aug 23, 2021 8:30 PM EST

Hot start in preseason opener

Callaway caught three of four targets for 61 yards in Saturday's 17-14 preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Callaway has been the favorite practice target for both Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston, and his rapport with the former was evident on the opening drive, when Callaway caught all three of his targets for 61 yards. His only other target over the next two possessions resulted in an incomplete pass, though. With Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (undisclosed) both sidelined by injuries, Callaway has established himself as the Saints' top healthy receiver, and he could retain that title over Smith for the duration of Thomas' absence, which is expected to last well into the regular season. Callaway will look to strengthen his case in Week 2 of preseason against Jacksonville.

Aug 14, 2021 7:44 PM EST

Operating as No. 1 receiver

Callaway is operating as the Saints' No. 1 receiver by default, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (undisclosed) sidelined while Deonte Harris faces a possible suspension for off-field conduct, Callaway seems to have a solid chance to open the regular season as the team's clear top receiver. Not only has he reportedly caught more passes than any other wideout during training camp, but Callaway is "by far" the go-to option for quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. While it's possible that Smith and Harris could both be available for Week 1, Callaway will probably have a significant role in the passing game regardless of their status.

Aug 10, 2021 4:47 PM EST

Pushes for increased role

Callaway has impressed through training camp thus far, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: Callaway, who's already in the Saints' return mix, could see his role in the offense expand early on this season, with top wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to miss time. In the short term, Callaway and Deonte Harris figure to have added opportunities, with Tre'Quan Smith currently dealing with an unspecified injury. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Callaway caught 21 passes for 213 yards in 11 regular-season games as a rookie in 2020, and now looks like a player to watch as the summer progresses, based on his strong training camp effort to date.

Aug 6, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Helping replace Thomas

Callaway's role is expected to increase in the absence of Michael Thomas (ankle), Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Tre'Quan Smith seems firmly established as the Saints' top receiver in the absence of Thomas, who is expected to be sidelined for at least the first month of the season. Meanwhile, Callaway and Deonte Harris appear like the clear favorites to fill the No. 2 and 3 jobs behind him. While it's too soon to tell which guy may be the more prominent fantasy contributor once the regular season rolls around, it seems like the Saints have significant confidence in both of them given how little the team did to make any significant investments at the position this offseason.

Jul 26, 2021 10:40 AM EST

Solid rookie campaign

Callaway caught 21 passes for 213 yards as a rookie in 2020.

Analysis: Callaway enjoyed modest production as a rookie out of Tennessee, going 21-213 as a receiver and filling in on kick and punt-return duties while Deonte Harris was injured. Callaway will have plenty of competition for targets when he returns for his second season with a presumably-healthy receiving corps.

Jan 30, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Three receptions in Week 17 win

Callaway brought in three of four targets for 51 yards in the Saints' 33-7 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Callaway finished with his second-most yards of the season, though he was unable to find the end zone in Sunday's victory. He ends his rookie season with 21 receptions for 213 yards, though his final stat line was inflated due to the loss of Michael Thomas for much of the season. Callaway made most of his impact on special teams in his first NFL season, and that will likely be his role in 2021 when Thomas is set to return.

Jan 4, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Multiple roles in return

Callaway (knee) brought in three of four targets for 26 yards and returned one punt for 16 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie was solid in his return from a three-game absence, tying for second in the team in targets while serving as one of the Drew Brees' top three wideouts. Callaway put together a pair of solid efforts earlier in the season with Michael Thomas out of action; with the latter once again on injured reserve due to his nagging ankle issues and Tre'Quan Smith sharing the same designation, Callaway could see even more volume in the Week 17 regular-season finale versus the Panthers.

Dec 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Active for Friday's game

Callaway (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Callaway last played in Week 12, but he hasn't seen more than 17 snaps or two targets in a game since Week 7. It's possible that changes Friday evening, as the Saints still have four wide receivers on injured reserve, including Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith. The other candidates for WR snaps behind Emmanuel Sanders are Juwan Johnson, Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Austin Carr.

Dec 25, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Comes off IR

The Saints activated Callaway (knee) from injured reserve Thursday, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After he was cleared to resume practicing Tuesday, Callaway apparently fared well enough in his workouts over the past three days for the Saints to sign off on his return to the 53-man roster. He'll be taking the spot of fellow wideout Tre'Quan Smith (ankle), who was placed on IR in a corresponding move. With Smith joining Michael Thomas (ankle) and Deonte Harris (neck) on IR, the Saints will turn to veteran Emmanuel Sanders and a trio of relatively unproven options -- Callaway, Juwan Johnson and Lil'Jordan Humphrey -- as their main receivers for Friday's game against the Vikings.

Dec 24, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Designated to return from IR

Callaway (knee) was designated to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Callaway will return to practice this week, opening a 21-day evaluation window to be activated from IR. The undrafted rookie out of Tennessee is eligible to play in Friday's game against the Vikings. With Michael Thomas (ankle) out for the rest of the regular season, Callaway could secure a starting job alongside wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith (ankle).

Dec 22, 2020 6:06 PM EST

Shifts to IR

Callaway (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Callaway suffered a minor knee sprain in last week's win over the Broncos, but he's facing an extended absence. The undrafted rookie out of Tennessee won't be eligible to return until Week 17. To add depth at wide receiver for Sunday's game against the Falcons, the Saints elevated Juwan Johnson and Tommylee Lewis from the practice squad.

Dec 5, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Sitting out Week 13

The Saints ruled Callaway (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: After coming out of last week's win over the Broncos with the knee injury, Callaway was unable to practice in any fashion Wednesday through Friday. The Saints are also listing Deonte Harris (neck) as questionable for the contest, so the team could be lacking in healthy depth behind its starting receiver trio of Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith.

Dec 4, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Sidelined at practice

Callaway didn't suit up in Thursday's practice due to a knee injury.

Analysis: It was reported Tuesday that Callaway suffered a minor knee sprain in last Sunday's win over Denver, so this news isn't quite surprising. With Deonte Harris (neck) also missing practice, the Saints return game could be short handed for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Dec 3, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Could miss time

Callaway's knee injury suffered Sunday is confirmed to be a minor sprain but he could miss time, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Saints will be shorthanded in the return game if Callaway is to miss time as Deonte Harris (neck) is also injured. Callaway's status for Week 13 should come into focus as the week of practice and injury reports start back up on Wednesday.

Dec 1, 2020 7:40 AM EST

Injures knee Sunday

Callaway will not return to Sunday's game against the Broncos due to a knee injury, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Callaway limped off the field in the second quarter, and the Saints officially ruled him out shortly after halftime. He didn't have a target before exiting Sunday's contest. Tre'Quan Smith will continue to serve as New Orleans' third receiver behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Nov 29, 2020 3:39 PM EST

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