TAMPA, Fla. — The New Orleans Saints offensive line has been in a constant state of flux this season, forced to shuffle on a near-weekly basis to account for one injury or the other. 

Amid all of that uncertainty, though, two members of the offensive line remained constant. Veteran center Max Unger and rookie tackle Ryan Ramczyk played every one of the 1,039 snaps the New Orleans offense took this season. 

For Unger, who was knocked for being injury prone when the Saints traded for him, the feat is indicative of how reliable he has been since coming to New Orleans. Unger missed only one snap in 2015, his first season with the team; the only game of his Saints career in 2016, due to the Lisfranc injury that forced him to undergo surgery last summer; and now played every snap in his third season. 

Playing a position that sets the tone for the entire offensive line, Unger has played 3,287 of a possible 3,349 snaps, or 98.1 percent. 

Ramczyk's durability has been arguably even more important. An injury question in his own right after undergoing surgery on his hip in the predraft process, Ramczyk ended up being the key to stabilizing an offensive line that lost right tackle Zach Strief for all but two games and left tackle Terron Armstead for six games.

Beyond the two big men up front, quarterback Drew Brees and defensive end Cameron Jordan, the faces of the Saints offense and defense and the team's two most consistent iron men over the years, both deserve recognition. 

Brees missed just five snaps on the season, all at the tail end of a blowout win over Buffalo. Jordan, on the other hand, came within a whisker of playing 1,000 snaps in his own right, landing at 990, an incredible number for a defensive lineman.

Beyond Brees, Jordan, Unger and Ramczyk, the Saints' leaders in snaps at each position were Mark Ingram at running back (570 snaps, 54.9 percent); Michael Thomas at wide receiver (851, 81.9 percent); Josh Hill at tight end (587, 56.5 percent); Craig Robertson at linebacker (793, 74.7 percent); Ken Crawley at cornerback (822 snaps, 77.5 percent); and rookie Marcus Williams at safety (960 snaps, 90.5 percent).

With the overall numbers out of the way, here's a look at a few notable workloads from Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

  • Brandon Coleman finished second among the wide receivers in snaps for the season, but his workload is falling. Coleman took just 22 snaps on Sunday, fourth-most among the receivers and the first time he's fallen behind Willie Snead, who had 27.
  • Hill continues to face heavy workloads with injuries striking the tight end position. He took 48 snaps on Sunday, far more than Garrett Griffin's 16. 
  • George Johnson was given a starter's workload, essentially, against Tampa Bay. Johnson took 55 snaps, fourth-most on the defensive line in a game that featured 83 defensive snaps, the most the Saints have played on that side of the ball all season long. 
  • Veteran nose tackle Tony McDaniel, signed this week, was thrown right into the lineup in John Hughes' old rotational spot. McDaniel took 22 snaps, about what Hughes had been getting. 
  • Al-Quadin Muhammad isn't likely to play any role in the playoffs. Even with Hau'oli Kikaha on injured reserve and Kasim Edebali inactive, Muhammad took just four snaps.
  • New Orleans is working veteran linebacker Jonathan Freeny into the defense. Freeny played 27 snaps, and Michael Mauti, who has played some defense this season in a pinch, did not take any. 
  • Special-teams leaders: Mauti 21, Chris Banjo 17, Trey Edmunds 17, Justin Hardee 16, Arthur Maulet 16, Gerald Hodges 16, George Johnson 16, Taysom Hill 15. 

New Orleans Saints 2017 Snap Counts

Table: INJ = injured; INA = inactive; SUS = suspended; X = not on 53-man

 MINNECARMIADETGBCHITBBUFWASLACARATLNYJATLTBTOTALPCT
Quarterback                  
Drew Brees62655874717661607271576452686558103499.5%
Chase Daniel000000005000000050.5%
Taysom Hill000000000000001010.1%
                   
Running back                  
Mark Ingram2635294647423136372829364241323357054.9%
Alvin Kamara311717263037312529463237632373146444.7%
Adrian Peterson916146XXXXXXXXXXXX454.3%
Trey Edmunds00000000130000000131.3%
                   
Wide receiver                  
Michael Thomas5858466959604749565644484563405385181.9%
Brandon Coleman4858465426544830295227333252392265062.6%
Ted Ginn42433445373937375053413935INJ483761759.4%
Willie SneadSUSSUSSUSINJ21INA418361419232237382725924.9%
Tommylee Lewis11141615INA1210053216152211411.0%
Austin CarrINAINAINA3INAINAINAINAINAINAINAINAINAINAINAINA30.3%
                   
Tight end/fullback                  
Josh Hill252637948414028433138433245534858756.5%
Michael Hoomanawanui182228434143243847242631259INJINJ41940.3%
Coby Fleener3232144418201622173618INJINJINJINJINJ26925.9%
Zach LineXXXX131881619107171121181116916.3%
John Kuhn84XINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJ121.2%
Garrett GriffinXXXXXXXXXXXX221INJ16393.8%
John PhillipsXXXXXXXXXXXXXX8X80.8%
                   
Offensive line                  
Max Unger626558747176616077715764526865581039100%
Andrus Peat626558747176616077715764INJ1655892088.5%
Larry Warford626558747136INJINJ597157645233655882579.4%
Ryan Ramczyk626558747176616077715764526865581039100%
Terron ArmsteadINJINJINJINJ647661245971340526834INJ54352.3%
Senio Kelemete34655819742616018023642368365663461.0%
Zach Strief28INJINJ55INJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJ838.0%
Josh LeRibeus20910149737222210303741220719.9%
Bryce HarrisX00X0XXX0XX02XXX20.2%
Offensive total626558747176616077715764526865581039100%
                   
Defensive line                  
Cameron Jordan6476504769526448316977537468658399093.3%
Sheldon Rankins5850403858455045285558475958556881276.5%
Alex Okafor54594642554154444150INJINJINJINJINJINJ48645.8%
Tyeler Davison3852302634283728204847364845333958955.5%
David Onyemata3141302339323628262940335741456759856.4%
Trey Hendrickson071713292032353228332016INJINJINJ28226.6%
Hau'oli Kikaha169221421INAINA9INA11620283026INJ21220.0%
John HughesXXXXXX11INA1753622332513INJ16215.3%
George JohnsonXXXXXXXXXXXXX31385512411.7%
Al-Quadin Muhammad0INAINAINAINA3INAINAINAINAINAINAINA17INA4242.3%
Tony McDanielXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX22222.1%
Mitchell Loewen16INJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJ70.7%
David ParryXX3INJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJ30.3%
                   
Linebacker                  
A.J. Klein65765952815567599INJ77577INJINJINJ66462.6%
Craig Robertson1717114962554652356964477268567379374.7%
Manti Te'o16381672418221640493165774495850347.4%
Alex Anzalone4859483INJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJ15814.9%
Michael MautiXXXXX00043000191000635.9%
Gerald HodgesXXXX0000110000010121.1%
Jonathan FreenyXXXXXXXXXXXXXINA227292.7%
                   
Defensive backs                  
Kenny Vaccaro6549595281546728INJINJ77572974INJINJ69265.2%
Marcus Williams6575575280546759366467INJ7169657996090.5%
Marshon Lattimore6162INJ5179556759376INJINJ6272657875471.1%
Ken CrawleyINAINA5752805467584767INJ557169658082277.5%
Vonn Bell633364576374549376974575718658378774.2%
P.J. Williams657559120023346377553740455863459.8%
Sterling Moore032INJINJINAINAXXXX25396X021049.8%
De'Vante Harris 4418700000113652XXXXX16815.8%
Rafael Bush02252124INA21212413INA5273518217.2%
Chris Banjo000000091100011002333.1%
Defensive total657659528155675948697757747465831061100%

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