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Monday, December 16, 2013
Saints' Week 15 snap counts

By Mike Triplett

A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts from Sunday's 27-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams:

OFFENSE (86 snaps)
Quarterback – Drew Brees 86
Tight end – Jimmy Graham 72, Benjamin Watson 31
Wide receiver – Marques Colston 79, Kenny Stills 67, Lance Moore 56, Robert Meachem 16
Running back – Darren Sproles 43, Pierre Thomas 32, Mark Ingram 8, Khiry Robinson 3
Fullback – Jed Collins 16
Offensive tackle – Zach Strief 86, Charles Brown 48, Bryce Harris 45
Guard – Jahri Evans 86, Ben Grubbs 86
Center – Brian De La Puente 86

Thoughts: Obviously the Saints played a lot of snaps overall -- running nearly 50 plays in the second half while trying to catch up. And because the Saints spent so much time in their nickel offense, both Sproles and Moore played a lot more snaps than they have in recent weeks. Conversely, players like Meachem, Ingram and Collins didn't play many snaps since they're normally in run packages. … Harris wound up playing a lot of snaps after replacing Brown in the third quarter. He's built up a decent amount of experience this year if the Saints decide they want to keep him in the starting lineup next week, but that decision remains to be seen. … Colston and Graham battled injuries earlier this year, but clearly they are non-issues now with those snap counts.

DEFENSE (54 snaps)
Safety – Malcolm Jenkins 54, Kenny Vaccaro 54, Roman Harper 21, Isa Abdul-Quddus 7
Cornerback – Keenan Lewis 54, Corey White 52, Chris Carr 1
Inside linebacker – Curtis Lofton 54, David Hawthorne 47, Will Herring 1, Ramon Humber 1
Outside linebacker – Junior Galette 53, Parys Haralson 33
Defensive end – Cameron Jordan 54, Akiem Hicks 47, Glenn Foster 6, Tom Johnson 6
Defensive tackle – Brodrick Bunkley 31, John Jenkins 17

Thoughts: Once again, the Saints stuck with their most traditional defensive packages this week -- a mix of nickel/dime packages and 3-4 fronts. There aren't any surprises among the snap counts. It's somewhat interesting that Bunkley played so many more snaps than Jenkins, especially since Bunkley had been battling injuries the last week.