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Saints' Week 13 snap counts

A look at the New Orleans Saints' snap counts in their 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13:

OFFENSE (56 snaps)

Quarterback – Drew Brees 56

Running back – Mark Ingram 39, Pierre Thomas 14, Travaris Cadet 4

Fullback – Erik Lorig 17

Receiver – Marques Colston 38, Nick Toon 29, Kenny Stills 25, Joe Morgan 18

Tight end – Benjamin Watson 41, Jimmy Graham 31, Josh Hill 24

Offensive tackle – Zach Strief 56, Terron Armstead 52, Bryce Harris 4

Guard – Jahri Evans 56, Ben Grubbs 56

Center – Jonathan Goodwin 56

Thoughts: Clearly, the Saints spent a lot of time in their run personnel, which is why tight end Benjamin Watson played so many more snaps than Jimmy Graham and running back Mark Ingram played so many more snaps than Pierre Thomas. Both were the opposite a week ago when the Saints were playing catch-up for much of the second half. … Nick Toon's high snap count compared to the other receivers makes me assume he was used often as run blocker as well, though I'll verify that when I watch the tape. It would be an interesting development, considering both Robert Meachem and Joe Morgan used to be considered the Saints' best run blockers. If the Saints trust Toon in that role, his snap counts will remain high. … Meachem was inactive despite returning to practice last week from an ankle injury. It's unclear if he's been demoted or if the Saints felt he wasn't quite 100 percent yet.

DEFENSE (90 snaps)

Cornerback – Patrick Robinson 87, Keenan Lewis 85, Corey White 73, Brian Dixon 3

Safety – Kenny Vaccaro 90, Pierre Warren 88, Marcus Ball 2

Outside linebacker – Junior Galette 76, Kasim Edebali 18, Parys Haralson 9

Inside linebacker – Curtis Lofton 89, David Hawthorne 73, Ramon Humber 28, Ronald Powell 1

Defensive end – Cameron Jordan 90, Akiem Hicks 49, Tyrunn Walker 38

Defensive tackle – John Jenkins 51, Brandon Deaderick 40

Thoughts: Patrick Robinson remained in the starting lineup, but Corey White moved back ahead of Brian Dixon as the third corner. And White played a ton of snaps since the Saints used so many three-cornerback sets. Those are the roles the Saints had both of those guys in to start the season. … I wonder if Parys Haralson suffered an unknown injury or if the Saints preferred other guys. Haralson's snap count was way down, while Ramon Humber and Kasim Edebali both saw increased workloads. … The total snap counts on defense are high, in general. Could be part of the reason why they wore down late in the game -- especially coming off of a Monday night game.