Marquez Callaway

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

Marquez Callaway News

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


Nearly hits century mark

Callaway caught six of 10 targets for 97 yards in Sunday's 18-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: He very nearly topped 100 yards for the second time in the last three games, but Callaway had to content himself with being Taysom Hill's top option in the passing game instead. His developing chemistry with the QB -- Callaway has a 16-255-0 line on 24 targets over those three games -- bodes well for his chances of another big performance in Week 18 against the Falcons, as the Saints try to claim a wild-card spot.

Jan 2, 2022 8:31 PM EST



Four catches in blowout loss

Callaway caught four of five targets for 46 yards during Monday's 20-3 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Callaway was the Saints' best source of offense in the first half, catching three balls for 42 yards despite the rest of the Ian Book-led offense doing next to nothing. However, he was unable to overcome extra defensive attention that ensued once Tre'Quan Smith (chest) was knocked out of the game. While Callaway would be cemented as New Orleans' No. 1 wideout if Smith can't play in Week 17 against Carolina, we now have proof that all Saints' skill players will have a dangerously low floor if Book is forced to make another start in place of Taysom Hill (COVID-19) and Trevor Siemian (COVID-19).

Dec 27, 2021 9:28 PM EST


Posts 112 yards in win

Callaway caught six of nine targets for 112 receiving yards in Sunday's 9-0 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Callaway was the lone skill position player for either team to eclipse the century mark in what turned out to be a defensive showdown. The 23-year-old finally broke free for a big 40-yard leaping reception in the second half after the Saints offense dinked and dunked for the majority of the contest. This was Callaway's first 100-plus yard receiving game this season, and he totaled just 47 yards in his previous two games with Taysom Hill under center, so fantasy managers shouldn't overreact to this strong performance heading into a Week 16 matchup against the Dolphins.

Dec 19, 2021 10:19 PM EST


Another quiet game

Callaway caught two of four targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Callaway hasn't reached 40 receiving yards in a game since Week 5, and he's seen exactly four targets in each of the last five games. He'll be a touchdown-dependent, boom-or-bust option against the Buccaneers in Week 15, having found the end zone six times this season despite the modest target volume.

Dec 12, 2021 2:48 PM EST



One catch against Dallas

Callaway caught one of four passes for 13 yards during Thursday's 27-17 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Callaway continues to command a large snap share and subsequently run a lot of routes, but the Tennessee product has topped five targets in only three games this year. This lowly workload has made him a touchdown-dependent fantasy option, and things are unlikely to get better with the dual-threat Taysom Hill (finger) playing through a torn ligament in a finger on his throwing hand.

Dec 5, 2021 3:00 PM EST


Touchdown streak ends

Callaway caught two of four targets for 24 yards during Thursday's 31-6 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Callaway was targeted on both short and deep passes, but he was unable to find the end zone for the first time since Trevor Siemian took over at quarterback. Making matters worse was that Callaway was again held below six targets, three receptions and 37 receiving yards with Siemian under center. Unless the Saints make some sort of change at quarterback, Callaway will be hard to trust as anything more than a touchdown-dependent fantasy asset.

Nov 26, 2021 7:15 PM EST


Makes most of one catch

Callaway brought in one of four targets for a 26-yard touchdown in the Saints' 40-29 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Callaway saved his fantasy day with his scoring grab, which came at the start of the fourth quarter and marked the Saints' first score since early in the second quarter. The second-year wideout hasn't topped 40 receiving yards since Week 5, but he's now recorded a touchdown reception in three consecutive contests. Callaway's next assignment is a tough one, considering New Orleans hosts the Bills for a Thanksgiving showdown in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 3:10 PM EST


Reaches end zone again

Callaway recorded two receptions on four targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Callaway lost out on targets to both Tre'Quan Smith and Mark Ingram, though he salvaged his day with a 15-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter to bring the Saints within two. His only other catch on the day came earlier on that same drive when he gained 22 yards deep down the sideline. Callaway has five catches for 62 yards in two games with Trevor Siemian as the starter to go along with two touchdowns. He'll head into a Week 11 matchup against the Eagles having recorded at least three catches in four of his last five contests.

Nov 14, 2021 4:52 PM EST


Scores fourth TD of season

Callaway caught three of six targets for 25 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-25 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Callaway had a seventh target that he dropped but the play was nullified by a penalty. Even if it had counted, Callaway still wouldn't be averaging five targets per game on the year. While this modest volume was worth a roll of the dice when Jameis Winston (knee) was available, losing Winston for the season was a blow to Callaway's outlook, even if the indefinite absence of Michael Thomas (ankle) means Callaway won't have to share the top of the depth chart. Whether it's Siemian or Taysom Hill at quarterback for New Orleans in Week 10 against Tennessee, Callaway probably will need to find the end zone to be of use in fantasy lineups.

Nov 7, 2021 6:46 PM EST


Handles five targets

Callaway caught three of five targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 36-27 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Now seven games into the year, Callaway has topped 50 receiving yards just twice. Things won't get any easier if Jameis Winston (knee) is forced to miss time, as New Orleans is likely to revert to a highly run-heavy gameplan if Taysom Hill (concussion) or Trevor Siemian needs to run the offense. Combined with the return of Tre'Quan Smith and the impending return of Michael Thomas (ankle), it may not be a surprise if Callaway's huge Week 5 performance against Washington goes down as an anomaly come season's end.

Oct 31, 2021 5:53 PM EST


Cools down in Seattle

Callaway caught three of seven targets for 32 yards in Monday's 13-10 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Callaway got open in the back of the end zone on New Orleans' first scoring drive, but a Seattle linebacker was able to knock the ball down on its way to Callaway, forcing the Saints to settle for a field goal. He led all Saints wide receivers in catches, targets and receiving yards, as running back Alvin Kamara (128 receiving yards and a touchdown) was the only New Orleans pass-catcher that was able to get going in this one. Callaway had totaled three touchdowns in his previous three games, and this was his lowest yardage total since Week 2, so he'll likely bounce back in Week 8 against the Buccaneers.

Oct 25, 2021 8:55 PM EST


Finds end zone twice

Callaway caught four of eight targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.

Analysis: The second-year receiver tied Alvin Kamara for the team lead in targets and finished one back in receptions, but Callaway led the Saints in receiving thanks largely to a 49-yard TD on a hail mary at the end of the first half. He then snagged a 12-yard strike from Jameis Winston early in the fourth quarter as New Orleans pulled away. Callaway will head into a Week 6 bye with 13 catches on 21 targets for 222 yards and three scores, but he could face additional competition for Winston's attention on the other side of the break with both Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) eligible to return.

Oct 10, 2021 3:30 PM EST


Nets 74 receiving yards

Callaway caught two of two targets for 74 yards during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Callaway was silent before popping for a 58-yard gain at the start of the third quarter. Meanwhile, Deonte Harris easily paced the team with eight targets while no other Saints player saw more than three. While Callaway is technically the No. 1 perimeter option while Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) are sidelined, his upside is clearly capped by this low-volume New Orleans passing game that saw Jameis Winston set a season high with 23 passing attempts Sunday. However, his low floor is at least coupled with a high ceiling in Week 5 against a Washington defense that has surrendered 10 passing scores through four weeks.

Oct 3, 2021 4:05 PM EST


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


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