The New Orleans Saints cruised into the season’s halfway point on Sunday with a wild 52-49 victory over the New York Giants, a win that sealed a three-game winning streak and brought the Saints back to .500.
Halfway through the season, the team has changed plenty from what it looked like in the opener against Arizona.
With that in mind, here’s the weekly snap count, with a twist. The Advocate has compiled snaps for every game, broken them down and calculated play-time percentages for every Saint so far.
For purposes of the table, a player’s percentage is calculated only for games in which they were available; in other words, if a player’s on the 53-man roster and not battling an injury, the game counts in his percentage. An injury — or a week off the 53-man roster — does not count.
- Max Unger and Zach Strief, the two players who’ve taken ever snap possible this season
- Kenny Vaccaro, who has missed just one snap on defense and also takes the field in kneel-down situations
- Cam Jordan, who continues to play an incredible amount of snaps for any defensive linemen
- Willie Snead, whose playing time has steadily gone up as he becomes one of the team’s top two receivers
- Tyeler Davison, who now often fits as a pass rusher in obvious passing situations
- Kasim Edebali, another rusher whose playing time has steadily gone up as the season continues
- Brandon Coleman, who seems to clearly be the Saints’ No. 4 receiver at this point
- David Hawthorne, who has been replaced by Dannell Ellerbe and Ramon Humber when all three are healthy
- Austin Johnson, whose time has gone down since the Saints traded for Michael Hoomanawanui
- Senio Kelemete, who has filled in at both left and right guard this season
- Kyle Wilson, who took 50-plus snaps per game for a three-game stretch with the rest of the secondary banged up
- Luke McCown, who had to make only one start but made a pretty good impression