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Monday, September 23, 2013
Saints' Week 3 snap counts

By Mike Triplett

Here’s the participation report from the New Orleans Saints' 31-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, according to the league’s official stat book, with some of my thoughts below:

OFFENSE (75 snaps)

QB Drew Brees 75

T Zach Strief 75

T Charles Brown 75

G Ben Grubbs 75

G Tim Lelito 75

C Brian De La Puente 75

TE Jimmy Graham 60

WR Marques Colston 58

WR Kenny Stills 58

RB Pierre Thomas 42

TE Benjamin Watson 34

WR Lance Moore 34

RB Darren Sproles 33

WR Robert Meachem 27

FB Jed Collins 21

RB Khiry Robinson 4

T Bryce Harris 3

Thoughts: Moore left in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. Reportedly, he had his wrist looked at on the sideline, but the Saints have not offered any details yet. … Meanwhile, Colston’s preseason foot injury doesn’t seem to be affecting his play on the field. He played 58 snaps Sunday after playing 69 snaps in Week 2. … Rookie tailback Robinson, who was active for the first time in place of an injured Mark Ingram, made the most of his four snaps. He carried the ball four times for 38 yards on the Saints’ final drive, enhancing his chances of seeing more playing time in the future. … Sproles’ snap count seems a bit low, but the Saints didn’t have to use their nickel or hurry-up offense too much on Sunday. Sproles plays a lot more when the Saints are forced to play catch-up.

DEFENSE (58 snaps)

S Malcolm Jenkins 58

S Kenny Vaccaro 58

LB Curtis Lofton 58

CB Keenan Lewis 58

DE Cameron Jordan 54

CB Jabari Greer 54

OLB Junior Galette 46

S Rafael Bush 43

LB David Hawthorne 36

DE Akiem Hicks 36

DT John Jenkins 36

CB Chris Carr 22

DT Tyrunn Walker 22

DE Glenn Foster 22

OLB Parys Haralson 16

OLB Martez Wilson 11

CB Corey White 4

OLB Jay Richardson 4

Thoughts: Vaccaro has still played every snap this year -- and played them well. So much for easing him into the action. … Vaccaro, Jenkins and Lofton are the only three players to play every snap this season. Jordan finally got a “break,” taking four plays off on Sunday. … It was surprising to see Carr play the nickelback role for the Saints just days after he was re-signed off the street. But it shows how much faith coordinator Rob Ryan has in the veteran, who also played for him years ago with the Oakland Raiders. Ryan said he used to use Carr as a versatile backup nickelback/corner/safety -- much like he uses Vaccaro now. … According to Pro Football Focus, the Saints were in a 4-3 front on nine snaps, a 3-4 front on seven snaps, in nickel defense on 20 snaps and dime defense on 20 snaps.