TAMPA — By the end of Sunday’s 24-17 win over Tampa Bay, the Saints’ view of C.J. Spiller was evident.
With do-everything running back Mark Ingram sidelined due to a torn rotator cuff, veteran Tim Hightower assumed Ingram’s role, playing 58 snaps, or 70.1 percent of the offense’s total — Ingram had played 57.2 percent over the course of the season, a number that rose when Khiry Robinson was lost to a broken leg.
Spiller, on the other hand, played 18.3 percent of the offense’s snaps, or almost exactly the number (18.6) he’s played for the entire season. Expect that figure to continue the rest of the season, as well as his average of 5.5 touches per game.
Elsewhere, according to the NFL’s official statistics, the final member of the Saints who’d played every one of his unit’s snaps finally fell. Right tackle Zach Strief missed one snap, tying him withMax Unger and Kenny Vaccaro for tops among the team.
Defensively, rookie Obum Gwacham got 17 snaps, his highest total of the season and a callback to the rookie making his debut against the Buccaneers as part of New Orleans’ NASCAR package in Week 2.
And even more importantly, Dannell Ellerbe played 33 snaps, a solid workload that was kept low by the production of James Anderson, who played well in relief with 19 snaps of his own.