Marquez Callaway

Marquez Callaway

Wide Receiver #12
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 204 lb.
Born:March 27, 1998
Drafted:2020 / UDFA

Marquez Callaway: 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.

January 30, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

January 4, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 25, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 24, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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).

December 22, 2020 6:06 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 5, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 4, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 3, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

December 1, 2020 7:40 AM EST

Marquez Callaway: 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.

November 29, 2020 3:39 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Logs full practice Thursday

Callaway (ankle) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: Callaway was becoming more involved in the Saints offense before an ankle injury sidelined him this past Sunday at Chicago. With a full practice finally under his belt this week, he seems poised to regain his standing, especially if Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) continues to miss time. In his previous two appearances Weeks 5 and 7, Callaway combined for 12 catches (on 16 targets) for 109 yards.

November 5, 2020 1:57 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Logs limited session

Callaway (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: This is an encouraging sign for Callaway's chances to play Sunday versus the Buccaneers. The undrafted rookie out of Tennessee posted eight receptions for 75 yards in Week 7 against the Panthers, but his opportunities are expected drop off with Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) and possibly Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) returning to the lineup.

November 4, 2020 3:20 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Ruled out for Week 8

Callaway (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Callaway saw 16 targets the past two weeks, catching 12 passes for 109 yards. He picked up an ankle injury during last week's win over the Panthers, and he'll now be out for at least one game despite logging limited practices Thursday and Friday. With Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19) also unavailable, the Saints are left with Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris as their top wide receivers.

October 30, 2020 1:06 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Increases activity Thursday

Callaway (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Callaway followed up Wednesday's absence with some activity during Thursday's session, so he's taking a step in the right direction for Sunday's visit to Chicago. He may be joined by Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) for the first time since Week 1 after the stud wide receiver also practiced in a limited capacity Thursday. Even if both suit up Sunday, Callaway is poised for a decent workload with Emmanuel Sanders (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

October 29, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: DNP on Wednesday

Callaway (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure from Sunday's win against the Panthers due to a minor ankle sprain, Callaway hauled in eight of 10 passes for 75 yards, which more than doubled his previous output on the season (5-50-0 on seven targets). With two more opportunities to take the field this week, he can set himself up to be available in a Saints receiving corps that again may be without Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) this Sunday at Chicago.

October 28, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Tending to minor sprain

Callaway was diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain after exiting Sunday's 27-24 win over the Panthers and is viewed as day-to-day heading into a Week 8 matchup with the Bears, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With both Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined against Carolina, Callaway stepped up as quarterback Drew Brees' favorite read on the afternoon. He was particularly busy in the first 20 minutes of the contest, drawing six targets over that stretch. The undrafted rookie ultimately finished with eight receptions for 75 yards on 10 targets before limping off the field late in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for Callaway, he appears to have avoided a long-term issue, but his participation in practice will still need to be monitored as this weekend's game against the Bears approaches. Sanders won't be eligible to return until Week 9 and Thomas is far from a lock to suit up in Chicago either, so another heavy snap count could be headed Callaway's way if he can work past his own injury.

October 27, 2020 7:06 AM EST

Marquez Callaway: Departs Sunday's game

Callaway left Sunday's game against the Panthers with an apparent leg injury, John Hendrix of reports.

Analysis: It's not clear exactly what Callaway's dealing with, but he limped to the locker room late in the fourth quarter and probably won't return by the end of the game. The undrafted rookie out of Tennesee made the most of Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) being ruled out, as he was leading the team with eight receptions for 75 yards at the time of his exit.

October 25, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Season-best showing

Callaway brought in four of six targets for 34 yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.

Analysis: With both Michael Thomas (ankle) and Deonte Harris (hamstring) unavailable, Callaway had a season-best performance. Thomas should be back for Week 6 however, and Callaway's value will likely take a nosedive when that happens.

October 13, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Marquez Callaway: Makes the cut

Callaway is included in the Saints' final 53-man roster, Amie Just of reports.

Analysis: The undrafted free agent out of Tennessee earned a roster spot as the team's fifth wideout thanks to a productive training camp. He's unlikely to take the field in his rookie season, with Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris firmly ahead of him on the depth chart.

September 5, 2020 7:51 PM EST

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