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.