New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) leaps over Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley (26) on a 22-yard reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The Saints won 31-21.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Trading Adrian Peterson has had its desired effect.

The New Orleans Saints cleared the deck for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who are now sharing snaps at an almost equal rate as they tear through the NFL. 

Kamara took 37 snaps against the Panthers, and Ingram took 36 out of the offense's 64 snaps — and yes, that means the Saints have both running backs on the field together a handful of times per game.

Ever since New Orleans traded Peterson, that division of labor has been just about equal. Ingram has taken 286 snaps in the eight games since the bye week, and Kamara has taken 267, and the results have been obvious, as the running backs have established themselves as the deadliest 1-2 punch in the NFL.

  • In terms of targets, it has always been clear that Ted Ginn Jr. was the Saints' No. 2 receiver this season, and the snaps are starting to reflect that. Brandon Coleman still holds an overall lead for the season, but Ginn has out-snapped Coleman ever since the win over Chicago.
  • Senio Kelemete is the Saints' so-called "sixth" offensive lineman, but the versatile backup should really be called a starter along with the five front-line players. Kelemete has played 451 snaps this season, or 56.7 percent of the overall snaps. 
  • Fumbles have been a problem for Josh Hill, but it would be a surprise if his playing time shifted considerably. Hill's versatility leads the tight ends in snaps this year, and with Coby Fleener on injured reserve, Hill may get even more. 
  • Sheldon Rankins deserves a lot of credit for the sheer number of snaps he's played this season. With Alex Okafor out, Rankins has played a lot of defensive end the past two games, and he's playing 74.8 percent of the snaps, a high number for a defensive tackle.
  • New Orleans had to make an obvious adjustment to the secondary with starting free safety Marcus Williams out of action. The Saints have played a lot of three-safety looks this season, but with Williams out, New Orleans played a three-cornerback nickel, with Sterling Moore taking a season-high 39 snaps out of the slot. 
  • Backup quarterback Taysom Hill was a special-teams sensation Sunday, but the Saints deployed him in specific spots. He took 12 snaps on special teams, which is in the middle of the pack for the Saints overall. 
  • Special teams leaders: Michael Mauti 20, Chris Banjo 20, Justin Hardee 19, Gerald Hodges 19, Arthur Maulet 18, Rafael Bush 15. 

New Orleans Saints Snap Counts

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

Drew Brees62655874717661607271576479199.4%
Chase Daniel00000000500050.6%
Running back              
Mark Ingram26352946474231363728293642253.0%
Alvin Kamara31171726303731252946323735845.0%
Adrian Peterson916146XXXXXXXX455.7%
Trey Edmunds0000000013000131.6%
Wide receiver              
Michael Thomas58584669596047495656444865081.7%
Brandon Coleman48584654265448302952273350563.4%
Ted Ginn42433445373937375053413949762.4%
Willie SneadSUSSUSSUSINJ21INA4183614192313517.0%
Tommylee Lewis11141615INA1210053218911.2%
Tight end/fullback              
Josh Hill2526379484140284331384340951.4%
Michael Hoomanawanui18222843414324384724263138548.4%
Coby Fleener3232144418201622173618INJ26933.8%
Zach LineXXXX1318816191071710813.6%
Garrett GriffinXXXXXXXXXXX220.3%
Offensive line              
Max Unger626558747176616077715764796100%
Andrus Peat626558747176616077715764796100%
Larry Warford626558747136INJINJ5971576461777.5%
Ryan Ramczyk626558747176616077715764796100%
Terron ArmsteadINJINJINJINJ64766124597134038948.9%
Senio Kelemete346558197426160180236445156.7%
Josh LeRibeus2091014973722221012415.6%
Offensive total626558747176616077715764796100%
Defensive line              
Cameron Jordan64765047695264483169775370091.5%
Sheldon Rankins58504038584550452855584757274.8%
Alex Okafor54594642554154444150INJINJ48663.5%
Tyeler Davison38523026342837282048473642455.4%
David Onyemata31413023393236282629403338850.7%
Trey Hendrickson071713292032353228332026634.8%
Hau'oli Kikaha169221421INAINA9INA1162012816.7%
John HughesXXXXXX11INA17536229111.9%
A.J. Klein65765952815567599INJ775765785.9%
Alex Anzalone4859483INJINJINJINJINJINJINJINJ15820.7%
Craig Robertson17171149625546523569644752468.5%
Manti Te'o163816724182216404931626534.6%
Michael MautiXXXXX00043000344.4%
Gerald HodgesXXXX000011000111.4%
Defensive backs              
Kenny Vaccaro6549595281546728INJINJ775758977.0%
Marcus Williams6575575280546759366467INJ67688.4%
Marshon Lattimore6162INJ5179556759376INJINJ47762.4%
Ken CrawleyINAINA5752805467584767INJ5553770.2%
Vonn Bell6333645763745493769745756473.7%
P.J. Williams6575591200233463775545459.3%
Sterling Moore032INJINJINAINAXXXX25399612.5%
De'Vante Harris 4418700000113652X16822.0%
Rafael Bush02252124INA2121241311515.0%
Chris Banjo0000000911000202.6%
Defensive total657659528155675948697757765100%

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