Saints' Week 10 snap counts

I examined New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's limited snap count at length today, with comments from Graham on how he is learning to adjust to the way he’s being used. Here’s a look at the rest of the Saints’ snap counts from their 49-17 victory against the Dallas Cowboys:

Offense (83 snaps)

Quarterback – Drew Brees 77, Luke McCown 6

Tight end – Josh Hill 36, Jimmy Graham 33, Benjamin Watson 29

Receiver – Kenny Stills 50, Marques Colston 47, Robert Meachem 33, Lance Moore 29, Nick Toon 16

Running back – Pierre Thomas 40, Darren Sproles 29, Mark Ingram 21

Fullback – Jed Collins 38

Offensive tackle – Charles Brown 83, Zach Strief 82, Bryce Harris 15

Guard – Jahri Evans 83, Ben Grubbs 83

Center – Brian De La Puente 83

Thoughts: Evans played every snap -- and there were a lot of them. That’s a good sign that Evans’ health isn’t a concern after he was limited in practice during the week with a lingering hip injury. ... Moore’s snap count remains surprisingly low. Not sure if that’s because he’s still getting back to full game shape after missing so much time with a hand injury early in the season. I’ll try to follow up this week ... A McCown sighting! The Saints’ backup quarterback played his first six snaps of the season, handing the ball off four times and kneeling twice. He did help the Saints set a NFL record, however, by “leading” them to their 40th first down of the night.

Defense (45 snaps)

Safety – Rafael Bush 45, Kenny Vaccaro 32, Isa Abdul-Quddus 19

Cornerback – Jabari Greer 45, Keenan Lewis 38, Corey White 30, Chris Carr 23

Inside linebacker – Curtis Lofton 38, Ramon Humber 17, Will Herring 12, David Hawthorne 10, Kevin Reddick 2

Outside linebacker – Junior Galette 34, Parys Haralson 15

Defensive end – Cameron Jordan 33, Glenn Foster 23, Tom Johnson 23, Akiem Hicks 22, Keyunta Dawson 5

Nose tackle – John Jenkins 18, Brodrick Bunkley 10

Thoughts: Does this count as the second bye week? The Saints’ defense played only 45 snaps, and many of their banged-up vets had the luxury of playing even less than that. Only 33 snaps for Jordan, who has been nursing an ankle injury, will help keep him fresh. Same with Hawthorne, who played just 10 snaps while dealing with a toe injury. According to the NBC broadcast, Hawthorne’s toe injury last week came from smashing his baby toe into the bedpost. That’s why he was limited in practice last week and only played 10 snaps. Might sound minor, but as running back Mark Ingram said recently, toe injuries are no joke -- and he wouldn’t wish them on his worst enemy. ... And all of the big bodies along the defensive line got to play part-time duty. That should help freshen them up for a grueling upcoming stretch -- vs. San Francisco on Sunday, and at Atlanta four days later on a Thursday night.