Although Colston will be missed, the Saints still have good depth in their passing game, with receivers Lance Moore, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem and Nick Toon. Plus, tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to play more than the 18 snaps he played last week as he continues to manage the pain of a torn plantar fascia.
The safeties might be missed even more, since veterans Jenkins and Harper are both out. The Saints also cut veteran backup cornerback Chris Carr this week, leaving them with only seven active defensive backs for Sunday’s game. That’s an indication that they might not play as much nickel and dime as they’ve been playing so far this season.
It’s possible the Saints will use more linebackers today against the run-heavy Jets, which could mean some quality playing time for recently activated veteran Jonathan Vilma.
Also, the fact that Robinson is inactive means running back Mark Ingram should get a decent amount of touches today in his return from a lingering toe injury. Ingram will likely remain behind Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles in the pecking order, though.