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Saints' 2014 snap counts: Offense

A look at the New Orleans Saints' offensive snap counts in 2014, per ESPN Stats and Information:

Quarterback: Drew Brees 1,094

Running back: Mark Ingram 458, Pierre Thomas 284, Travaris Cadet 195, Khiry Robinson 148, Edwin Baker 3, Brian Leonard 1

Fullback: Erik Lorig 152, Austin Johnson 104

Receiver: Marques Colston 841, Kenny Stills 598, Brandin Cooks 506, Robert Meachem 240, Nick Toon 232, Joe Morgan 132, Jalen Saunders 1

Tight end: Jimmy Graham 744, Benjamin Watson 545, Josh Hill 274

Offensive tackle: Zach Strief 1,018, Terron Armstead 798, Bryce Harris 375

Guard: Jahri Evans 1,094, Ben Grubbs 1,087, Senio Kelemete 7

Center: Jonathan Goodwin 821, Tim Lelito 274

Thoughts:

  • Brees didn’t miss a snap, despite the oblique strain that sidelined him for two weeks during training camp, and he has still never missed a game due to injury in his 14-year career. … Evans was the only other player to play every snap this season, though fellow guard Ben Grubbs came awfully close.

  • Seeing rookie receiver Brandin Cooks’ name on this list was a reminder of what a loss he was when he suffered a season-ending thumb injury in Week 10 -- just as he was starting to come on strong as a deep receiver. His return will be among the top reasons for excitement this offseason.

  • Robinson’s season was also derailed by his arm injury, which prevented him from making a strong case to replace free agent Mark Ingram as the Saints’ leading man in 2015. Robinson has shown great glimpses in small doses. It will be interesting to see if the Saints feel the need to invest in Ingram's return or let Robinson be a leading part of a committee approach.

  • Goodwin wasn’t showing his age early in the season, but his consistency dipped after he battled a variety of nagging injuries. He’s an unrestricted free agent, so it will be interesting to see if he or the Saints are ready to move on -- especially since Lelito seemed to play well when he started in Goodwin’s place. The Saints need to start developing more young talent throughout the offensive line.

  • Speaking of which, losing Armstead to a neck injury in Week 15 proved very costly as replacement Bryce Harris struggled in his place. Armstead’s continued development is yet another reason for optimism going forward.

  • Fullback Austin Johnson took over for injured veteran Erik Lorig during the preseason. Then Lorig took the job back when Johnson was injured in Week 7. That should be a wide-open battle this summer.