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Saints' snap counts: Wild-card round

1/5/2014

A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts from Saturday’s 26-24 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles:

OFFENSE (72 snaps):

Quarterback – Drew Brees 72

Tight end – Jimmy Graham 47, Benjamin Watson 39, Josh Hill 38

Receiver – Marques Colston 51, Kenny Stills 45, Lance Moore 28, Robert Meachem 25

Running back – Mark Ingram 33, Darren Sproles 29, Khiry Robinson 14, Travaris Cadet 1

Fullback – Jed Collins 10

Offensive tackle – Zach Strief 72, Terron Armstead 72

Guard – Jahri Evans 72, Ben Grubbs 72,

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)

Cornerback – Corey White 58, Keenan Lewis 38, Rod Sweeting 15, Trevin Wade 11

Safety – Malcolm Jenkins 58, Roman Harper 58, Rafael Bush 45

Inside linebacker – Curtis Lofton 58, David Hawthorne 52, Will Herring 10

Outside linebacker – Junior Galette 55, Parys Haralson 6, Kyle Knox 1

Defensive end – Cameron Jordan 58, Akiem Hicks 44, Tom Johnson 11, Glenn Foster 3

Defensive tackle – Brodrick Bunkley 34, John Jenkins 23

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.