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Marques Colston

New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Marques Colston

Post-Practice Media Availability

Monday, August 5, 2013

 

Are you glad to be back out there?

 

“Definitely, I definitely feel good to be (back) out.”

 

It’s your first day, are you fresh?

 

“It was about time I started camp.”

 

What is the hardest thing to get back to doing coming off an injury?

 

“Just really getting back up to speed. Guys have been out here working for a week so they are in pretty good football shape.  That’s really the biggest thing I have to do early on.”

 

Did you work your way back slowly because you know this offense so well?

 

“I just tried to listen to the training staff and let them guide me in the best direction at this time.  It really wasn’t a personal call I just listened to those guys and I got back on track.”

 

Is it a coincidence that they have you come back on a day that the team loses some receivers?

 

“No I think it was just a coincidence.  Obviously with a couple of guys it doesn’t hurt, but this was kind of the target date we set about a week ago.  So, it felt good to get back out there.”

 

What have you seen from a lot of these young receivers?

 

“I have seen a lot of good things from every guy on the receiver core at this point.  Just to stress to them that this is an opportunity.  Obviously you hate to see guys go down, but there are going to be more reps opened up and I look forward to seeing those guys take advantage.”

 

Is this injury a similar problem to last year?

 

“Well I think it is just a result of (that) its eight years now.  It’s just one of those things that I have to manage and stay in front of.  I just wanted to make sure that I was fully ready to go at this point of the season.”

 

Have you been a mentor and talked to some of the young receivers?

 

“Yes, you guys know by now that I’m not the most vocal guy out there, but I make sure that I am resource for those guys, anything on or off the field.  These guys have done a great job coming in here and picking everything up pretty quickly and it has translated on to the field and they have made some big plays.  I just continue to look forward to working with some of these young guys.”

 

Do you see a similarity between you and Nick Toon?

 

“Obviously he is a bigger body guy, but that is probably where the similarities stop.  I think he is a little more sudden and faster than a lot of people give him credit for and that is just a credit to the work he has put in this offseason.”