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Friday, November 22, 2013
Saints’ Week 12 snap counts

By Mike Triplett

A look at the New Orleans Saints’ snap counts from their 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night:

OFFENSE (60 snaps)

Quarterback – Drew Brees 60
Tight end – Jimmy Graham 38, Benjamin Watson 24, Josh Hill 11
Receiver – Marques Colston 46, Kenny Stills 36, Robert Meachem 21, Lance Moore 17
Running back – Pierre Thomas 33, Mark Ingram 23, Travaris Cadet 5, Khiry Robinson 1
Fullback – Jed Collins 31
Offensive tackle – Zach Strief 60, Charles Brown 60, Bryce Harris 14
Guard – Ben Grubbs 60, Tim Lelito 60
Center – Brian de la Puente 60
Thoughts: Graham’s snap count was a tad low, but not surprising on the short week. Plus, Watson was back from a concussion, and the Saints use Watson more in run formations. I did notice Graham out there at least part of the time when the Saints were in the red zone. I expect him to play a full load a week from Monday at Seattle. … Moore’s snap count continues to be low. Not sure if that’s still injury-related at this point, or if the Saints simply prefer the matchup options with Stills and Meachem. I know Meachem is used as their primary blocker in heavy sets, which explains why he plays so many snaps. … Receiver Nick Toon was a healthy inactive. That’s normal for the Saints over the years to have just four active receivers. It was actually unusual for them to have five active receivers in recent weeks.

DEFENSE (68 snaps)

Safety – Malcolm Jenkins 68, Kenny Vaccaro 68, Roman Harper 61, Rafael Bush 27, Jimmy Graham 1
Cornerback – Corey White 67, Keenan Lewis 67, Chris Carr 2, Rod Sweeting 1
Outside linebacker – Junior Galette 58, Parys Haralson 11
Inside linebacker – Curtis Lofton 65, David Hawthorne 41, Will Herring 1, Ramon Humber 1
Defensive end – Cameron Jordan 63, Akiem Hicks 41, Tom Johnson 31, Glenn Foster 10, Keyunta Dawson 7
Nose tackle – John Jenkins 29, Brodrick Bunkley 28,
Thoughts: No, that’s not a typo. Graham was in at safety on the Falcons’ final desperate play. He’s a shut-down safety! … Foster left the game early with a serious-looking leg injury. He was carted off the field. We haven’t gotten any updates on his condition yet. … The Saints were back in the three-safety formation we saw so much earlier this year. And Harper is obviously feeling good coming off a significant knee injury, since he was able to play so many snaps.