Saints vs. Falcons Thursday Night Football Player Snap Counts by Position: Saints Played Lots of Nickel

Scott Cunningham

Find out exactly which Saints players took the field in the team's 17-13 win over the Falcons on Thursday Night Football, just how many snaps they took, and what that might tell us about the Saints moving forward.

Snap Count Notes:

  • Will Herring seems to have fallen out of favor a bit. Haven't seen him much around lately.
  • Jimmy Graham took one defensive snap that is not reflected in the chart below.
  • Keyunta Dawson only played 7 snaps, but he forced the game-changing fumble with one of those plays.
  • Jenkins, Harper, Vaccaro, Lewis, and White played a huge chunk of the game, which leads me to believe the Saints defense played a ton of nickel.
  • Marques Colston reclaimed his role as the Saints' No. 1 receiver.
  • Josh Hill's playing time has dropped off now that Graham is healthier, naturally.

Quarterback

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Drew Brees

60

100%

Luke McCown

3

14%

RB/FB

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Pierre Thomas

33

55%

4

18%

Jed Collins (FB)

31

52%

4

18%

Mark Ingram

23

38%

Travaris Cadet

5

8%

15

68%

Khiry Robinson

1

2%

Wide Receiver/TE

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Marques Colston

46

77%

Jimmy Graham (TE)

38

63%

Kenny Stills

36

60%

Ben Watson (TE)

24

40%

3

14%

Robert Meachem

21

35%

Lance Moore

17

28%

Josh Hill (TE)

11

18%

18

82%





Offensive Line

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Zach Strief

60

100%

3

14%

Ben Grubbs

60

100%

3

14%

Charles Brown

60

100%

3

14%

Tim Lelito

60

100%

3

14%

Brian De La Puente

60

100%

Bryce Harris

14

23%

7

32%

Terron Armstead

3

14%

Thomas Morstead

8

36%

Justin Drescher

7

32%

Garrett Hartley

3

14%





Defensive Line

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Cameron Jordan

63

93%

4

18%

Akiem Hicks

41

60%

4

18%

Tom Johnson

31

46%

John Jenkins

29

43%

4

18%

Brodrick Bunkley

28

41%

Glenn Foster

10

15%

4

18%

Keyunta Dawson

7

10%

19

86%





Linebacker

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Curtis Lofton

65

96%

4

18%

Junior Galette

58

85%

David Hawthorne

41

60%

7

32%

Ramon Humber

1

1%

15

68%

Parys Haralson

11

16%

4

18%

Kevin Reddick

15

68%

Will Herring

1

1%

19

86%





Defensive Back

# Snaps @ Position

%

Special Teams Snaps

%

Malcolm Jenkins

68

100%

7

32%

Kenny Vaccaro

68

100%

Corey White

67

99%

6

27%

Keenan Lewis

67

99%

Roman Harper

61

90%

12

55%

Rafael Bush

27

40%

15

68%

Chris Carr

2

3%

5

23%

Rod Sweeting

1

1%

11

50%

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