Saints' 2013 snap counts: Offense

January, 21, 2014
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A look at the New Orleans Saints' total snap counts on offense from the 2013 regular season (out of 1,127 possible snaps):

Quarterback:
Drew Brees 1,111 (98.6%)
Luke McCown 16 (1.4%)

Tight end:
Jimmy Graham 754 (66.9%)
Benjamin Watson 497 (44.1%)
Josh Hill 176 (15.6%)

Wide receiver:
Marques Colston 750 (66.6%)
Kenny Stills 690 (61.2%)
Lance Moore 441 (39.1%)
Robert Meachem 389 (34.5%)
Nick Toon 196 (17.4%)

Running back:
Pierre Thomas 564 (50%)
Darren Sproles 357 (31.7%)
Mark Ingram 169 (15%)
Khiry Robinson 73 (6.5%)
Travaris Cadet 11 (1%)

Fullback:
Jed Collins 442 (39.2%)

Offensive tackle:
Zach Strief 1,036 (91.9%)
Charles Brown 952 (84.5%)
Bryce Harris 239 (21.2%)
Terron Armstead 137 (12.2%)

Guard:
Ben Grubbs 1,127 (100%)
Jahri Evans 975 (86.5%)
Tim Lelito 159 (14.1%)

Center:
Brian de la Puente 1,127 (100%)

THOUGHTS:
  • Only two ironmen on the list: de la Puente and Grubbs (though Brees gets an honorary ironman nod for only missing 16 inconsequential snaps). And based on my weekly film studies, de la Puente and Grubbs have something else in common -- they both improved greatly during the second half of the season. I’m very curious to see what happens with de la Puente in free agency. Although he struggled during the first half of this season, he finished strong. He was also very good in both 2011 and 2012. And his durability has been an underrated asset.
  • Moore is another big question mark heading into the offseason, since his role diminished in the offense this year and he’s due $3.8 million in salary and bonuses. Moore missed three games with a hand injury, but he still played less than 50 percent of the team’s snaps when he was active. He did seem to get more involved in the offense down the stretch, so it’s possible the Saints will keep him at his current salary or try to work out an agreement on a reduced salary.
  • Not bad for a rookie: Stills played more snaps than any skill position player outside of Graham and Colston. The team showed trust in him during the preseason opener -- and it never wavered all season long. ... Meanwhile, fellow rookies Armstead and Robinson came on strong late. Armstead actually played more snaps in the playoffs (148) than in the regular season. And Robinson played 31 snaps in the playoffs -- nearly half of his regular-season total.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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