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New Orleans Saints Week 4 snap counts

Tre’Quan Smith leads receivers, Cesar Ruiz plays a full game, and Cameron Jordan makes big impact on fewer snaps.

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In the New Orleans Saints’ victory over the Detroit Lions, rookie offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz played 100% of snaps and earn some shining reviews in the process along with the rest of the offensive line. Head coach Sean Payton said that he though the group “was outstanding” in Sunday’s win, specifically acknowledging Nick Easton who also played every snap on offense.

We also saw a little uptick for Latavius Murray from last week as expected going up against a weak run defense in Matt Patricia’s Lions and Tre’Quan Smith again lead wide receivers in snaps while also tacking on a pair of touchdowns.

With Jared Cook out in a run-heavy gameplan, Adam Trautman’s snaps fell a bit to make way for Josh Hill and Garrett Griffin who were used heavily as blockers.

On the defensive side, not any big adjustments from what we’e seen so far this season. Heavy nickel and dime usage with what looks to be only one base 4-3 snap. Except instead of that SAM linebacker being Kaden Elliss as we’ve seen so far - third-round rookie Zack Baun makes his defensive debut.

Cam Jordan, after playing just 77% of snaps against the Green Bay Packers, played 74% in Motown. He had another four tackle game, but this time adding a sack and QB hit.

Ken Crawley got on the field for six snaps and actually drew a penalty rather than committing one.

And finally with special teams only snaps, nothing huge here aside a couple injuries. Justin Hardee didn’t take the final pair of special teams snaps. Deonte Harris had to leave early with an injury as well. Reports are that he is fine. Alvin Kamara took over the returner role as a pair of safe hands.

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