Slowly but surely, C.J. Spiller‘s role in the New Orleans offense appears to be expanding.
Spiller took 21 snaps against Dallas, six more than he’d taken against Carolina, and flashed a few glimpses of what he can do on the perimeter, particularly on the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass.
The Saints also might be developing a new pecking order at wide receiver. Willie Snead‘s snaps continue to rise, to the point that he took more snaps than anybody other than Brandin Cooks against the Cowboys and made it count with six catches for 89 yards.
Two developments stood out on the defensive side of the ball. Undrafted rookie Bobby Richardson is the clear replacement for Akiem Hicks, taking 38 snaps as a strong-side defensive end.
The other was more curious. Hau’oli Kikaha played 42 snaps, his lightest workload of the season, which might have been due to an effort to keep defensive linemen on the field in nickel in order to defend against the Dallas running game.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the Saints snap counts for the first quarter of the season.