Saints' Week 5 snap counts

A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts in their 37-31 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5:

OFFENSE (91 snaps)

Quarterback -- Drew Brees 91

Running back -- Khiry Robinson 44, Pierre Thomas 29, Travaris Cadet 16

Fullback -- Austin Johnson 27

Receiver -- Brandin Cooks 68, Marques Colston 62, Kenny Stills 44, Robert Meachem 37

Tight end -- Benjamin Watson 78, Josh Hill 32, Jimmy Graham 18

Offensive tackle -- Zach Strief 89, Terron Armstead 89, Bryce Harris 4

Guard -- Jahri Evans 91, Ben Grubbs 91

Center -- Tim Lelito 62, Jonathan Goodwin 29

Thoughts: First and foremost, 91 is a monster number -- 16 more than the offense’s previous high this season. So the fact that they were wearing down the Buccaneers’ defense during the fourth quarter and overtime deserves a ton of credit. Funny, I didn’t get any questions after this one about whether the Saints’ training camp was too soft. ... Two indivudal snap counts that especially stand out are Watson’s 78 snaps (necessary because of Graham’s shoulder injury in the first half) and Robinson’s 44. Those were much bigger workloads than usual for both -- yet they were among the guys doing the trampling on the game-winning 18-yard touchdown run in overtime. ... Stills actually played one fewer snap than last week, and Meachem played 20 snaps more. But that could be because the Saints valued Meachem’s run blocking more the way this game played out. Last week, the Saints spent much of the second half in must-pass mode at Dallas.

DEFENSE (63 snaps)

Cornerback -- Corey White 62, Keenan Lewis 61, Patrick Robinson 27, Brian Dixon 5

Safety -- Kenny Vaccaro 63, Rafael Bush 63

Outside linebacker -- Junior Galette 58, Parys Haralson 34, Kasim Edebali 6

Inside linebacker -- Curtis Lofton 63, David Hawthorne 59, Ramon Humber 4

Defensive end -- Cameron Jordan 58, Akiem Hicks 47, Glenn Foster 18, Tyrunn Walker 16

Defensive tackle -- Brodrick Bunkley 25, John Jenkins 24

Thoughts: Hawthorne returned from injury and wound up playing even more than expected according to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who said he originally wasn’t going to play in nickel. Not sure if that was because of safety Jairus Byrd's season-ending knee injury earlier in the week or backup linebacker Ramon Humber's injury during Sunday’s game. ... Jenkins got back in the lineup ahead of veteran Brandon Deaderick (inactive for the first time all year). And Saints coaches said they were pleased with the way Jenkins played. ... Rookie cornerback Stan Jean-Baptiste almost made his 2014 debut on defense, but he shifted off the field twice (once because of a timeout and once because of Tampa Bay’s offensive shift. Ryan said the plan was for Jean-Baptiste to get in on some red-zone looks, but the Bucs’ offense didn’t cooperate. ... Another 34 snaps for Haralson, who has played a lot more this year -- and that will likely continue in the wake of Byrd’s injury thinning out the secondary a bit.