Marques Colston: Why New Orleans Saints Would Be Wise to Rest Star Receiver

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints have had a tough beginning to the season, having gotten out to a 0-2 start, but that's no reason to try to force Marques Colston onto the field this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Per, Colston, who is battling a foot injury, is being listed as questionable for the Saints' Week 3 showdown. Colston was limited in practice on Friday.

Here's why the Saints would be better off resting Colston this week. 


Plenty of Other Options

Not only do the Saints have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but they also have a ton of options not named Marques Colston for Drew Brees to go to.

As far as receivers are concerned, Brees will have the option of going to Lance Moore, who racked up six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, proving he can be a No. 1 option if necessary.

Along with Moore, the Saints will enjoy the return of Devery Henderson, who sat out last week's game with a concussion. Henderson is currently listed as probable but is expected to play on Sunday.

Brees can also look to his tight end for support. Jimmy Graham is one of the best at his position in the NFL and has gained 70 or more yards and a touchdown in each of his first two games this season.

Out of the backfield, Darren Sproles will be another target for the Saints to depend on. In Week 2, Sproles absolutely smoked the Carolina Panthers defense for 13 catches and 128 yards through the air.

With numerous other receivers for Brees to throw to, the Saints should be able to make up for the loss of Colston's production.


Weak Opponent

The Kansas City Chiefs have also started off the season 0-2 and have allowed 35 points or more in each of their losses.

Clearly, defense is not this team's forte.

In Week 1, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons scorched the Chiefs for 299 yards through the air. In Week 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills gained 178 yards against KC with only 10 completed passes.

Currently, the Chiefs have the 17th-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Kansas City doesn't have nearly enough depth in its secondary to stop what New Orleans can bring through the air.

Even without Colston, the Chiefs still can't cover all the different weapons Brees can throw to.


Long-Term Concerns

There is still a lot of football left to play this season, and it simply isn't worth it for the Saints to take a chance on bringing Colston back too early and run the risk of losing him for a longer period of time.

New Orleans' schedule is about to get a lot tougher, as well. There is no doubt that the Saints' Week 3 game against the Chiefs will be their easiest matchup for quite some time, and that makes this game the perfect time to rest Colston's ailing foot.

Even if he plays, Colston might not be able to produce much. The last thing a receiver wants to battle is a foot injury, and such an injury could take a lot of speed out of Colston's game.

If that makes him irrelevant against KC, it will be a waste of time having him on the field in the first place.