Saints' Week 16 snap counts

December, 23, 2013
A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts from Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers:

OFFENSE (81 snaps)
Quarterback – Drew Brees 81
Tight end – Benjamin Watson 47, Jimmy Graham 44
Receiver – Marques Colston 56, Kenny Stills 48, Robert Meachem 38, Lance Moore 30
Running back – Pierre Thomas 37, Darren Sproles 24, Mark Ingram 17, Khiry Robinson 7
Fullback – Jed Collins 35
Tackle – Zach Strief 81, Terron Armstead 81, Bryce Harris 22
Guard – Jahri Evans 81, Ben Grubbs 81
Center – Brian De La Puente 81

Thoughts: The high snap counts for Watson, Meachem, Collins and Harris show how often the Saints were in their run front on Sunday. Watson actually played more snaps than Graham – which is rare, but happened at least once earlier in the season at Chicago. ... Quarterback Luke McCown isn't listed, since his incomplete pass technically came on a special-teams snap.

DEFENSE (44 snaps)
Safety – Malcolm Jenkins 44, Roman Harper 35, Isa Abdul-Quddus 19, Kenny Vaccaro 11
Cornerback – Keenan Lewis 44, Corey White 44, Trevin Wade 12
Inside linebacker – Curtis Lofton 44, David Hawthorne 32,
Outside linebacker – Junior Galette 44, Parys Haralson 24
End – Cameron Jordan 44, Akiem Hicks 32, Glenn Foster 11
Tackle – Brodrick Bunkley 20, John Jenkins 12, Tyrunn Walker 12

Thoughts: It's stunning that the Saints played so few snaps on defense – but it makes sense, considering almost all of the Panthers' drives were either quick touchdowns or quick punts. ... Losing Vaccaro early was a blow to the Saints' defense. It's possible he could have made a huge impact on that final drive, when both Harper and Abdul-Quddus were in coverage. ... Wade played his first 12 snaps of the year on defense since joining the Saints last month.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter



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