Saints' snap counts: Divisional round

January, 13, 2014
Jan 13
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A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts from Saturday’s 23-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs:

OFFENSE (76 snaps)
Quarterback: Drew Brees 76
Tight end: Jimmy Graham 55, Benjamin Watson 36, Josh Hill 28
Receiver: Marques Colston 54, Kenny Stills 44, Lance Moore 34, Robert Meachem 27
Running back: Darren Sproles 33, Mark Ingram 27, Khiry Robinson 17, Travaris Cadet 2
Fullback: Jed Collins 22
Guard: Jahri Evans 76, Ben Grubbs 76
Tackle: Zach Strief 76, Terron Armstead 76, Bryce Harris 1
Center: Brian De La Puente 76

Thoughts: Kind of a tale of two halves, with the Saints running so much early and throwing so much late. Graham’s playing-time percentage (75 percent) has been dissected more than usual after this game – especially after Seattle’s players criticized him so publicly for being a liability as a run-blocker. But the Saints’ run game was effective early, so I don’t pinpoint that as a reason the Saints lost. And obviously Graham was extremely effective for much of the year with similar playing time. ... Everything else on this list fits in line with what we saw most of the season for the Saints.

DEFENSE (60 snaps)
Safety: Malcolm Jenkins 60, Roman Harper 53, Rafael Bush 33
Cornerback: Keenan Lewis 59, Corey White 59, Trevin Wade 9
Outside linebacker: Junior Galette 46, Keyunta Dawson 29, Kyle Knox 3
Inside linebacker: Curtis Lofton 60, David Hawthorne 51, Ramon Humber 17, Will Herring 1
Defensive end: Cameron Jordan 60, Akiem Hicks 50, Glenn Foster 11, Tom Johnson 8
Nose tackle: Brodrick Bunkley 29, John Jenkins 22

Thoughts: Dawson and Humber played more snaps than usual since veteran Parys Haralson was out with an injury and Galette was briefly sidelined with a minor injury. But the Saints still featured three safeties in a 4-2-5 front more than any other formation. ... Although I do think Bush has a bright future with the Saints and veteran Harper has an uncertain future, it is worth nothing that the Saints still valued Harper enough to play him in the more prominent role in this game. And Harper appeared to play well as I watched the game live. I’ll do my film study in the coming days.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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