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Saints snap counts: New Orleans Saints Womens T-Shirt , Alvin Kamara in loss to Buccaneers Week 1 saw the New Orleans Saints get shocked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sean Payton’s squad gave up 48 points at home, mainly due to a complete breakdown on defense. Here’s a look at the snap count leaders for the black and gold. (Note: All data is provided by the NFL)OffenseLarry Warford, Josh LeRibeus, Max Unger, Ryan Ramczyk, Terron Armstead, Drew Brees (64)Michael Thomas (61)Alvin Kamara (52)Benjamin Watson (51)Ted Ginn Jr. (50)Austin Carr (43)Josh Hill (24)Tre’Quan Smith (12)Zach Line (11)Mike Gillislee (7)Tommylee Lewis (5)Jonathan Williams (3)Taysom Hill (1)DefenseMarcus Williams, Demario Davis (66)Marshon Lattimore (65)Ken Crawley (64)Cameron Jordan (60)Tyeler Davison (52)Patrick Robinson (46)Sheldon Rankins (42)David Onyemata (38)Alex Okafor, Today we have a look at some of the things to expect from the Saints offense when they open the year against one of their division foes. SAINTS RUSH OFFENSE vs BUCCANEERS RUSH DEFENSE Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesNew Orleans powered their way to a division championship in part due to a dynamic running game. The Saints finished 5th in the league in rushing last season, 2nd in yards per carry (4.4), and their 23 rushing touchdowns led the NFL. Gone of course, is leading rusher Mark Ingram, who is suspended for the first four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Taking over duties as the top back is Alvin Kamara, last year's offensive rookie of the year. Kamara rushed for 728 yards and 8 touchdowns last season on an eye-popping 6.1 yards per carry. He is electric in the open field, but showed the ability to pick up the tough yards between the tackles as well. Hoping that Kamara will not have to carry the full rushing load in Ingram's absence, the team expects that rookie sixth round pick Boston Scott or newly signed veteran Mike Gillislee will be able to provide a change of pace. The Saints offensive line, along with fullback Zach Line, dominated opposing fronts last year in the running game, winning both at the point of attack and providing cutback lanes for their rushers. Left guard Andrus Peat's status for this contest is somewhat in question, as he continues to recover from a broken leg suffered during the playoffs. If Peat can't go, his spot will be taken by the recently re-signed Josh LeRibeus, rookie Will Clapp, or Cameron Tom. Quarterback Drew Brees' 4,334 passing yards and 23 touchdowns were the fewest of his 12-yr tenure in New Orleans, and his 536 attempts and 386 completions were the second fewest. The passing game was certainly still productive, Brees' 72% completion percentage was a league record, and he threw only 8 interceptions, the lowest of his New Orleans career. The Saints offensive line did a spectacular job protecting their veteran quarterback, allowing only 20 sacks. Wide receiver Michael Thomas established himself as one of the top wideouts in the NFL, recording his second straight 1,000-yd season (1,245), and setting a team record with 104 receptions. Kamara was one of the league's most versatile weapons. He was second on the team with 81 catches for 826 yards, and his five touchdown receptions tied Thomas for the team lead. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. was solid in his first year as a Saint, finishing third on the team in receiving yards. Unlike in years past, the New Orleans receiving corps wasn't deep. No player outside of Thomas, Kamara, Ginn, and Mark Ingram had as many as 25 receptions, and the Saints got no receiving production from the tight end position. Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson and wideout Cameron Meredith were added this offseason to bolster depth New Orleans Saints Womens Hoodie , and the Saints also drafted receiver Tre'quan Smith in the 3rd round. Smith looked like a potential star during the preseason, and could be a lethal compliment to Thomas and Kamara in the passing game. Despite the presence of McCoy and talented pass rushers Noah Spence and William Gholston, the Buccaneers managed a paltry 22 sacks in 2017. Their pass defense ranked 32nd in the league, as did their overall defensive ranking, and they surrendered 260 yards per game through the air. The lack of pass rush put an already suspect Bucs secondary at an even larger disadvantage. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, the 16th overall pick in 2016, has struggled with outside coverage, but seems to have stabilized his career by playing well in the slot. Twelve year veteran Brent Grimes is still a fine player, but Tampa will need either Ryan Smith or rookie Carlton Davis to give the team another solid coverage option. Safety Justin Evans showed impressive range as a rookie, but veteran Chris Conte has struggled in coverage down the field. Linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander are stars, and must be accounted for in both the run and the pass, but the Bucs will be missing Kendell Beckwith to begin the year, as he recovers from injuries suffered in an offseason car accident. In two games against Tampa Bay last season, Brees completed over 77% of his passes, averaging 254 yards in those games while throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions. Michael Thomas carved up Tampa's intermediate coverage, with 14 total receptions for 159 yards. Kamara tortured Buccaneer defenders, catching six passes for 84 yards in each game, including a 33-yd. touchdown strike from Brees. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images~Matchup to Watch: Saints tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk vs. Buccaneer pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Gholston, Spence, and Vinny Curry~ Tampa Bay added Pierre-Paul and Curry in hopes that they could attract double teams away from the talented McCoy, disrupt opposing passers, and reduce pressure on their secondary. Armstead and Ramczyk are among the best offensive tackle duos in the game. If they are able to handle pass protection duties one on one, then the Saints interior line will be able to focus squarely on McCoy, allowing Brees the time to carve up the Tampa Bay coverage. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesWHAT TO LOOK FORThere is no doubt that New Orleans will miss the talented Ingram during his suspension, but the Saints are still an extremely dangerous offensive team. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are next to impossible for any defense to contain. Kamara in particular was too much for the Buccaneers defense a year ago, accounting for 280 yards from scrimmage and 4 of the Saints 7 touchdowns in the two games against Tampa a year ago. Don't be surprised if New Orleans attacks their division rivals through the air early on, spreading out their secondary with quick passes to Thomas, Kamara, Ginn, Tre'quan Smith, and Cameron Meredith. The Saints must be able to also show that they can still effectively run the ball even without Ingram, and will look to improve on last season's 37.6% 3rd down conversion rate. The New Orleans Saints cannot afford to get off to a slow start to the 2018 season, and division games are usually the biggest key to success. The Saints are considered a Super Bowl contender, but face a daunting schedule in a powerful conference. Coach Sean Payton realizes that his squad must come out strong, and typically relies on his prolific offense and future Hall of Fame quarterback to set the tone.
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