- Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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OFFENSE (72 snaps):
Quarterback – Drew Brees 72
Fullback – Jed Collins 10
Center – Brian De La Puente 72
Thoughts: An increased focus on the run game meant a lot of snaps for Saints tight ends Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill. Fellow tight end Jimmy Graham credited both of those guys for their run blocking – and joked that the Saints succeeded in the run game despite him. But he said he was happy to play that role. ... On the flip side, it’s worth noting that the Saints only used fullback Jed Collins on 10 snaps. I assume that’s a sign that they ran frequently out of passing sets – something I’ve always felt the Saints should do more often to create mismatches. I’ll be interested to chart that in this week’s film study.
DEFENSE (58 snaps)
Thoughts: The first thing that stands out is the fact that the defense was on the field for just 58 snaps. Who would have thought that against an Eagles team known for speeding up the pace and cramming in a ton of snaps? The Saints took some timeouts to catch their breath during a couple of longer Eagles drives. But for the most part, they played well enough on both sides of the ball to keep themselves fresh. … The Saints tried both cornerbacks Rod Sweeting and Trevin Wade after starter Keenan Lewis went down with a concussion in the third quarter. The Eagles picked on Sweeting on one drive before the Saints switched to Wade. Obviously the Saints would much prefer to have Lewis back this week at Seattle. ... Will Herring came in for Parys Haralson after Haralson suffered a back injury.