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Saints vs. Patriots: Defensive snap counts and playing time percentage leaders

Here’s the Saints snap count leaders from last night’s 34-22 loss to the Patriots.

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Here’s your look at what New Orleans Saints defensive players played the most for Dennis Allen in Thursday’s 34-22 loss to the New England Patriots. (Note: All data is provided by the NFL)

The defensive snap counts were highlighted by mainly rookies, as Ken Crawley led the way with 38 appearances. Most projected starters had less than 20 snaps, with exceptions from defensive tackles Tyeler Davison and Nick Fairley.

Defense

  • Ken Crawley, CB, 38 (56%)
  • P.J. Williams, DB, 37 (54%)
  • Erik Harris, DB, 36 (53%)
  • Vonn Bell, DB, 32 (47%)
  • Craig Robertson, LB, 31 (46%)
  • De’Vante Harris, CB, 31 (46%)
  • Nathan Stupar, LB, 29 (43%)
  • Bobby Richardson, DE, 29 (43%)
  • Obum Gwacham, DE, 28 (41%)
  • Tyeler Davison, DT, 27 (40%)
  • Nick Fairley, DT, 27 (40%)
  • Jimmy Pruitt, CB, 26 (38%)
  • Brian Dixon, CB, 25 (37%)
  • Michael Mauti, LB, 24 (35%)
  • Kasim Edebali, LB, 24 (35%)
  • Jeff Schoettmer, LB, 22 (32%)
  • David Onyemata, DE, 22 (32%)
  • Sheldon Rankins, DT, 22 (32%)
  • Davis Tull, LB, 20 (29%)
  • Trae Elston, S, 20 (29%)
  • Ashaad Mabry, NT, 17 (25%)
  • C.J. Wilson, DE, 17 (25%)
  • Matt Shaughnessy, DE, 17 (25%)
  • Roman Harper, SS, 16 (24%)
  • James Laurinaitis, LB, 15 (22%)
  • Darryl Tapp, DE, 15 (22%)
  • Kenny Vaccaro, SS, 14 (21%)
  • Dannell Ellerbe, LB, 14 (21%)
  • Jairus Byrd, FS, 14 (21%)
  • Stephone Anthony, LB, 13 (19%)
  • Dillon Lee, LB, 9 (13%)
  • Jamal Golden, S, 9 (13%)
  • Brandon Dixon, CB, 6 (9%)
  • Tony Steward, LB, 5 (7%)

Craig Robertson led all defenders with 6 total tackles on the night, while Kasim Edebali turned in two sacks. Rookie Trae Elston led all Saints defenders with 4 solo tackles. Nathan Stupar, De’Vante Harris, Kenny Vaccaro, Erik Harris, and Vonn Bell were all credited with a pass defenses.

Special Teams Leaders

  • Davis Tull, 16 (57%)
  • Vonn Bell, 15 (54%)
  • Travaris Cadet, 13 (46%)
  • Nathan Stupar, 13 (46%)
  • Obum Gwacham, 13 (46%)
  • Craig Robertson, 12 (43%)
  • Michael Mauti, 12 (43%)
  • Daniel Lasco, 11 (39%)
  • Brian Dixon, 11 (39%)
  • Tony Steward, 11 (39%)
  • Ken Crawley, 10 (36%)
  • Erik Harris, 10 (36%)
  • Kasim Edebali, 10 (36%)
  • Jeff Schoettmer, 10 (36%)
  • Dillon Lee, 10 (36%)

We previously looked at the offense, which you can find here.