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Brees may not be throwing for awhile

Brees may not be throwing for awhile

Ian Rapoport is reporting that Drew Brees may miss several games with a shoulder injury. That’s tough news for all involved, including those who will now have to watch a bad Saints team led by Luke McCown (or Garrett Grayson). But it also could mark the end of a weird bit of trivia.

Believe it or not, Marques Colston and Brees have connected for 72 touchdowns, tied with Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates for the 5th most in NFL history by any receiver/quarterback combination. I’ve written about that streak before, but here’s something else unique to consider: Colston has never caught a touchdown pass from anyone other than Brees.

Entering the 2015 season, only five receivers had at least 30 touchdown receptions and caught all of them from just one player.  The second-highest total belonged to Brees and Jimmy Graham, but that ended in week 1 of this season. The fourth-highest total was owned by Torrey Smith and Joe Flacco, but that ended yesterday.  That leaves just Colston/Brees (72, including playoffs), Robert BrooksBrett Favre (36), and Malcom Floyd/Rivers (31) (although Julio Jones and Matt Ryan also connected for the 30th time yesterday).

Tthe table below shows every player who had at least 60 receiving touchdowns (including playoffs) prior to the start of the 2015 season.  Here’s how to read the table below, and all information is as of before the start of the 2015 season. Colston ranks 44th in career receiving touchdowns., and the man from whom he caught the most touchdowns is Brees. Colston has 72 career receiving touchdowns, and caught 72 of them from Brees. The table is sorted by the percentage column.

RkReceiverQB1Car Rec TDsW/ QB1Perc
44Marques ColstonDrew Brees7272100%
83Rob GronkowskiTom Brady605998.3%
83Lynn SwannTerry Bradshaw605896.7%
46Antonio FreemanBrett Favre716794.4%
19Mark ClaytonDan Marino878294.3%
70Mark DuperDan Marino646093.8%
51Raymond BerryJohnny Unitas696492.8%
56Dante LavelliOtto Graham676292.5%
5Marvin HarrisonPeyton Manning13011487.7%
15Reggie WaynePeyton Manning917683.5%
64Roddy WhiteMatt Ryan655483.1%
42Michael IrvinTroy Aikman735778.1%
73Carl PickensJeff Blake634774.6%
12Andre ReedJim Kelly967174%
58Roy GreenNeil Lomax664872.7%
77Drew HillWarren Moon614472.1%
9Antonio GatesPhilip Rivers1007272%
35John StallworthTerry Bradshaw755370.7%
35Gary CollinsFrank Ryan755370.7%
77Jerry SmithSonny Jurgensen614370.5%
39Jimmy SmithMark Brunell745067.6%
56Chad JohnsonCarson Palmer674465.7%
27Charley TaylorSonny Jurgensen815365.4%
51Sterling SharpeBrett Favre694565.2%
58Shannon SharpeJohn Elway664365.2%
34Calvin JohnsonMatthew Stafford764964.5%
44Cliff BranchKen Stabler724663.9%
18Lance AlworthJohn Hadl885663.6%
23Harold CarmichaelRon Jaworski855362.4%
58Jimmy OrrJohnny Unitas664162.1%
30Torry HoltMarc Bulger784861.5%
64Brandon MarshallJay Cutler654061.5%
51Greg JenningsAaron Rodgers694260.9%
70Donald DriverBrett Favre643859.4%
26Steve SmithJake Delhomme824858.5%
58Henry EllardJim Everett663756.1%
21Fred BiletnikoffDaryle Lamonica864855.8%
75Vernon DavisAlex Smith623454.8%
70Herman MooreScott Mitchell643554.7%
48Charlie JoinerDan Fouts703854.3%
77Mike QuickRon Jaworski613354.1%
46Gary ClarkMark Rypien713853.5%
77Amani ToomerKerry Collins613252.5%
35Stanley MorganSteve Grogan753952%
48Plaxico BurressEli Manning703651.4%
64Sonny RandleCharley Johnson653350.8%
42Bob HayesDon Meredith733750.7%
13Hines WardBen Roethlisberger954749.5%
64Andre JohnsonMatt Schaub653249.2%
11Larry FitzgeraldKurt Warner984849%
16Don MaynardJoe Namath904448.9%
55Derrick MasonSteve McNair683348.5%
7Steve LargentDave Krieg1045048.1%
39Wesley WalkerRichard Todd743547.3%
77Gene WashingtonJohn Brodie612845.9%
64Bobby MitchellSonny Jurgensen652944.6%
75Pete PihosTommy Thompson622743.5%
27Art PowellTom Flores813543.2%
32Nat MooreBob Griese773342.9%
77Billy HowtonTobin Rote612642.6%
1Jerry RiceSteve Young2199242%
25James LoftonLynn Dickey833441%
58Terance MathisChris Chandler662740.9%
51Keenan McCardellMark Brunell692840.6%
64Muhsin MuhammadJake Delhomme652640%
35Art MonkMark Rypien752938.7%
16Paul WarfieldBob Griese903336.7%
30Anquan BoldinKurt Warner782835.9%
23Tommy McDonaldSonny Jurgensen853035.3%
2Randy MossDaunte Culpepper1665734.3%
10Don HutsonCecil Isbell993333.3%
73Anthony MillerJohn Elway632133.3%
3Terrell OwensJeff Garcia1585232.9%
6Tony GonzalezMatt Ryan1153732.2%
8Tim BrownRich Gannon1033130.1%
19Andre RisonChris Miller872629.9%
39Rod SmithBrian Griese742229.7%
13Isaac BruceKurt Warner952627.4%
4Cris CarterRandall Cunningham1383323.9%
48Santana MossChad Pennington701521.4%
58Keyshawn JohnsonVinny Testaverde661421.2%
27Harold JacksonSteve Grogan811721%
32Joey GallowayWarren Moon771519.5%
21Irving FryarDan Marino861618.6%
  • In before the first snarky “Marques Colston isn’t in jeopardy of scoring a touchdown anytime soon” comment.

    • Richie

      My snark was going to ask Are we even sure Luke McCown will throw any?

  • Clint

    If Antonio Freeman hadn’t spent a year in Philly, all of his TDs would’ve been from Favre.

    • So where does Colston spend his final season!