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)
Fullback – Jed Collins 38
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)
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.