Saints’ Week 4 snap counts

October, 1, 2013
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Coach Sean Payton will meet with the media later today as the New Orleans Saints begin a short week to prepare for Sunday's road game against the Chicago Bears. In the meantime, make sure you didn't miss any of ESPN's Monday night coverage from the Saints' thorough 38-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on both the Saints team page and Dolphins team page.

Columnist Ashley Fox wrote about the impact Payton's return has had on this resurgent team. And I focused on how defenses have to pick their poison now that Payton is back in charge of dynamic weapons like Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles and Marques Colston.

Here is the Saints' participation report from Monday night's game, according to the NFL's official stat book, with some of my thoughts below:

OFFENSE (67 snaps)

QB Drew Brees 67

T Zach Strief 67

T Charles Brown 67

G Jahri Evans 67

G Ben Grubbs 67

C Brian De La Puente 67

TE Jimmy Graham 52

WR Marques Colston 44

WR Kenny Stills 35

TE Benjamin Watson 34

WR Nick Toon 32

RB Darren Sproles 31

WR Robert Meachem 28

RB Pierre Thomas 26

FB Jed Collins 26

RB Khiry Robinson 15

T Bryce Harris 7

S Malcolm Jenkins (on kneel-downs) 3

TE Josh Hill 2

Thoughts: Amazing that Darren Sproles had such a huge impact on only 31 snaps (seven catches for 114 yards, four runs for 28 yards, and two touchdowns). But it's obviously smart to keep him fresh, especially when the game got out of hand late. Sproles also had three punt returns for 44 yards. ... Kind of surprising to see running backs Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson share the load so evenly, but that's mostly because Robinson was running out the clock late in the game. If the Saints ever figure out how to get their run game going, I'd expect Thomas to play more of a leading role (at least while Mark Ingram is still banged up). ... Good to see guard Jahri Evans in on every snap. He wasn't perfect, but it's a good sign that they trusted his hamstring to hold up even when he wasn't needed late in the game.

DEFENSE (60 snaps)

CB Jabari Greer 58

S Malcolm Jenkins 54

S Kenny Vaccaro 54

DE Cameron Jordan 54

LB Curtis Lofton 53

S Rafael Bush 49

OLB Junior Galette 47

CB Keenan Lewis 38

DE Akiem Hicks 36

NT John Jenkins 36

LB David Hawthorne 34

CB Chris Carr 27

DT Tyrunn Walker 24

DE Glenn Foster 24

CB Corey White 22

S Isa Abdul-Quddus 14

OLB Martez Wilson 12

OLB Parys Haralson 10

LB Will Herring 7

LB Ramon Humber 7

Thoughts: Nobody played every snap on defense, and some guys had a downright light workload. That's a nice way to kick off a short week. Heading into Monday's game, three Saints had played every snap on defense this year (Vaccaro, Malcolm Jenkins and Lofton). Now, nobody has. ... The Saints were especially able to keep their big men on the defensive line fresh (a good rotation among Hicks, John Jenkins, Walker and Foster). They've been getting healthier at that position each week). ... Wilson was hoping to play a bigger role this year, which has led to a little frustration on his part. But for the second week in a row, he was able to make the most of his snaps with a big play. He had his first sack of the season in the second half.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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