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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is tackled by New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor (57) and outside linebacker A.J. Klein (53) during the first half Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won 30-10.

Advocate staff photo by MAX BECHERER

The NFL is a league of attrition.

Injuries hit every week in every game, and staying on the field for every snap is no easy task.

Five Saints — quarterback Drew Brees, rookie tackle Ryan Ramczyk, center Max Unger, left guard Andrus Peat and linebacker A.J. Klein — have played every possible snap so far, helping set the tone for a team that hit the halfway mark at the top of the NFC South. 

Brees, who has missed just one game due to injury in his career in New Orleans, is an annual part of the list, and Unger has been an iron man in his three seasons with the Saints, missing just one game and only one snap otherwise. 

Ramczyk's availability has been huge, obviously, with both Zach Strief and Terron Armstead battling injury, along with Peat, who has kicked out to left tackle in a pinch, as he did on Sunday after Armstead suffered a chest injury.

Klein's ability to stay on the field has been huge; the free-agent signing wears the communication device for the defense, and consistently hearing the same voice in that role is a big help to a surging unit.

Rookie free safety Marcus Williams and defensive end Cameron Jordan also deserve credit as iron men; Williams has missed just five snaps — he's not part of the goal-line personnel — and Jordan is playing 91.4 percent of the snaps, an inordinately high number for a defensive lineman. 

  • In an age when a lot of teams rotate as many as four running backs into the game, the Saints need only two. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have taken all of the position's snaps in the four games since New Orleans traded Adrian Peterson to Arizona. 
  • Willie Snead, who did not have a catch, played 18 snaps, working his way back into the rotation. With Snead on the field, Brandon Coleman took just 30 snaps against Tampa Bay, his second-lightest workload of the season.
  • The blocking prowess of Michael Hoomanawanui and Josh Hill have made them the key 1-2 punch at tight end, with Coby Fleener taking on a situational role as a receiver. 
  • Josh LeRibeus, who had been serving as the sixth offensive lineman in the Saints' Jumbo packages, played 37 snaps at left guard in relief of Armstead.
  • Rookie Trey Hendrickson's role continues to increase. Hendrickson played a season-high 35 snaps on Sunday.
  • Cornerback P.J. Williams and defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha both made their returns to the defense after several weeks out of the rotation. Williams took 23 snaps as a slot cornerback, and Kikaha played nine snaps. 
  • With Kenny Vaccaro knocked out of the game because of a groin injury, special-teamer Chris Banjo took nine snaps, his first defensive snaps of the year. 
  • Special-teams leaders: Banjo 19, Michael Mauti 19, Daniel Lasco 16, Trey Edmunds 16, De'Vante Harris 15, Justin Hardee 15, Vonn Bell 14. 

With that out of the way, here's a look at the Saints' snap breakdown for the entire season. Table: INJ = injured; INA = inactive; SUS = suspended; X = not on 53-man roster. 

New Orleans Saints Snaps 

 MINNECARMIADETGBCHITBTOTALPCT
Quarterback          
Drew Brees6265587471766160527100%
           
Running back          
Mark Ingram263529464742313629255.4%
Alvin Kamara311717263037312521440.6%
Adrian Peterson916146XXXX458.5%
           
Wide receiver          
Michael Thomas585846695960474944684.6%
Brandon Coleman485846542654483036469.1%
Ted Ginn424334453739373731459.6%
Willie SneadSUSSUSSUSINJ21INA418438.2%
Tommylee Lewis11141615INA121007814.8%
Austin CarrINAINAINA3INAINAINAINA30.6%
           
Tight end/fullback          
Josh Hill25263794841402825448.2%
Michael Hoomanawanui182228434143243825748.8%
Coby Fleener323214441820162219837.6%
Zach LineXXXX13188165510.4%
John Kuhn84XINJINJINJINJINJ122.3%
           
Offensive line          
Max Unger6265587471766160527100%
Andrus Peat6265587471766160527100%
Larry Warford626558747136INJINJ36669.4%
Ryan Ramczyk6265587471766160527100%
Terron ArmsteadINJINJINJINJ6476612422542.7%
Senio Kelemete34655819742616034665.7%
Zach Strief28INJINJ55INJINJINJINJ8315.7%
Josh LeRibeus209101497378816.7%
Offensive total6265587471766160527100%
           
Defensive line          
Cameron Jordan647650476952644847091.4%
Sheldon Rankins585040385845504538474.7%
Alex Okafor545946425541544439576.8%
Tyeler Davison385230263428372827353.1%
David Onyemata314130233932362826050.6%
Trey Hendrickson0717132920323515329.8%
Hau'oli Kikaha169221421INAINA99117.7%
Al-Quadin Muhammad0INAINAINAINA3INAINA30.6%
Mitchell Loewen16INJINJINJINJINJINJ71.4%
David ParryXX3INJINJINJINJINJ30.6%
John HughesXXXXXX11INA112.1%
           
Linebacker          
A.J. Klein6576595281556759514100%
Alex Anzalone4859483INJINJINJINJ15830.7%
Craig Robertson171711496255465230960.1%
Manti Te'o16381672418221615730.5%
           
Defensive backs          
Kenny Vaccaro654959528154672845588.5%
Marcus Williams657557528054675950999.0%
Marshon Lattimore6162INJ517955675943484.4%
Ken CrawleyINAINA57528054675836871.6%
Vonn Bell63336457637454932763.6%
P.J. Williams65755912002322543.8%
Sterling Moore032INJINJINAINAXX326.2%
De'Vante Harris 44187000006913.4%
Rafael Bush02252124INA367.0%
Chris Banjo0000000991.8%
Defensive total6576595281556759514100%

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