- Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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The most noteworthy tweak in the New Orleans Saints' Week 9 participation report was how much time they spent in seven-man fronts -- using more linebackers and fewer defensive backs. They used those sets to try to combat the New York Jets' heavy-run sets. Obviously the approach didn't work well enough, since running back Chris Ivory burned them for runs of 52, 30 and 27 yards in a 26-20 Jets victory. However, as I wrote in my Upon Further Review column, the Saints weren’t exactly being grounded and pounded all day. Ivory gained only 30 yards on his other 15 carries.
Here's a look at all of the Saints’ snap counts from Sunday:
OFFENSE (74 snaps)
Quarterback: Drew Brees 74
Tight end: Jimmy Graham 56, Benjamin Watson 42, Josh Hill 29
Receiver: Nick Toon 51, Kenny Stills 40, Lance Moore 31, Robert Meachem 30
Running back: Pierre Thomas 55, Mark Ingram 15, Travaris Cadet 3, Darren Sproles 2
Fullback: Jed Collins 16
Offensive tackle: Charles Brown 74, Zach Strief 74
Guard: Jahri Evans 74, Ben Grubbs 74
Center: Brian de la Puente 74
Thoughts: So much for Graham being limited by his foot injury. He went from 18 snaps in Week 8 to 56 in Week 9. His workload was increased by the fact that the Saints went so pass-heavy in the second half while trying to play catch-up. … I’m surprised to see Toon with so many snaps among the receivers, especially after he struggled with two costly dropped passes in the first half. The Saints must have wanted his physical presence on the field with veteran Marques Colston out of the lineup. Not sure why Moore didn’t play more snaps. He appeared to be healthy throughout the game, but it’s possible they’re still easing him back from the hand injury that kept him out for several weeks.
DEFENSE (61 snaps)
Defensive end: Cameron Jordan 58, Akiem Hicks 52, Tom Johnson 11, Glenn Foster 9, Keyunta Dawson 2
Nose tackle: Brodrick Bunkley 35, John Jenkins 23
Outside linebacker: Junior Galette 59, Parys Haralson 32
Inside linebacker: David Hawthorne 61, Curtis Lofton 59, Jonathan Vilma 12, Ramon Humber 1
Safety: Kenny Vaccaro 57, Rafael Bush 47, Isa Abdul-Quddus 8
Cornerback: Jabari Greer 61, Keenan Lewis 55, Corey White 29
Thoughts: Vilma played 12 snaps in his return from a knee injury -- not a big surprise. … With safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper out with injuries, the Saints went with backup cornerback White as their primary nickelback instead of using their usual package of three safeties.
The most noteworthy tweak in the New Orleans Saints' Week 9 participation report was how much time they spent in seven-man fronts -- using more linebackers and fewer defensive backs.