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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 220Born: 1-15-1979College: PurdueDrafted: Round 2

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is optimistic that QB Drew Brees (shoulder) can play in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 28): Brees was limited in practices on Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out the Friday session - he was listed as out on Friday due to his right shoulder injury and he was inactive on Sunday. It is unclear when Brees will be able to return to action. There's lots of conflicting info out there on Brees. Saints beat writer Mike Triplett reports Monday: "Sean Payton said he's optimistic Drew Brees can play in Week 4. But he's day to day. Most encouraging thing is he's made daily progress." The best indicator will be to watch what he's able to do in practice this week.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Brees' return date from a shoulder injury is unknown and the quality of his play when he does return is also unknown. Luke McCown looked viable running the offense, so there will be no rush to get Brees out there. There is some chatter that the team has already decided this is Brees' last year, so if the season is lost at any point, there's a question as to whether they would stick with an injured Brees.

General News (Sat Oct 3): said his passing arm feels healthy and that he believes he can make all throws against the Dallas Cowboys.

General News (Fri Oct 2): is listed as probable for Week 4. Brees partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said Brees throwing Thursday, Oct. 1, sealed their decision.

General News (Thu Oct 1): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 30): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Brees (shoulder) said he felt good enough to take most of the practice repetitions Wednesday, Sept. 30, and feels "really good" about playing in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. Brees threw for the first time since Week 2 Wednesday. Head coach Sean Payton said it's "safe to say" that Brees will throw every day in practice this week. "I'll see how the shoulder responds tomorrow and for the rest of the day. But each day I'm able to do more and more; each day I feel stronger," Brees said. "Each day there's more range of motion, more strength, and so that's the key."

General News (Tue Sep 29): Saints head coach Sean Payton is optimistic that Drew Brees can play in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. Brees met with Dr. James Andrews Monday, Sept. 28, to undergo extensive evaluation of his injured shoulder and the results were very positive.

Week 4: vs Dallas Cowboys

All QB vs DAL

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Saints may get Drew Brees back this week - Brees (shoulder) had a successful throwing session on Tuesday and will resume practicing on Wednesday. Through two games played this year he's posted 54/86 for 610 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. If Brees can't go due to a setback, Luke McCown was pretty good in as a relief pitcher with 31/38 for 310 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown at Carolina last week. McCown spread the ball around efficiently, with five different receivers hauling in four or more receptions - either way, the Saint's passing attack is in good hands entering Week Four. Stay tuned to's Players in the News this week to see which signal caller will get under center in this prime-time game. The Cowboys' pass D was lit up for 24/36 yielding 285 yards passing with two TDs given up vs. zero interceptions generated against Matt Ryan last week. Two weeks ago, Sam Bradford and company managed 23/37 for 219 net yards, one passing score and two interceptions in a loss to Dallas. So far this year, this unit is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 229.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given up vs. two interceptions generated (tied for 17th in the NFL) and just three sacks to Dallas' credit (tied for 29th). Dallas is mediocre, while the Saints are capable of high-flying games, but they have been disappointing at home for many games now - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 74 30 48 355 1 1 1 3 0 0 21.05
2 vs TB 78 24 38 255 1 1 1 -1 0 0 13.65
4 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 27 39 * * * 1 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 25 40 * * * 1 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 25 38 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 2 vs TB (24 / 38 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Drew Brees and the Saints were unable to consistently move the football against Tampa Bay, a discouraging development given the success rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota experienced against the same group just a week prior. Part of the reason for New Orleans' lack of an aerial attack may be blamed on an injury to Brees' throwing shoulder, as he admitted to after the game. His availability for Week 3 is not in doubt, but a lingering injury is the last thing an already sputtering offense needs if it hopes to get back on track. Brees began his day fairly sharp, connecting with receivers Brandin Cooks and Brandon Coleman on in-breaking routes, as well as running back C.J. Spiller up the sideline for a collective gain of 49 yards. The drive stalled from there, however, as consecutive incompletions to Austin Johnson and Willie Snead forced the Saints to punt the ball away. Brees fumbled the ball away on the successive drive's third down, alertly staying with the play to down it at the one yard-line and avoid handing Tampa Bay an easy touchdown. Brees connected with Mark Ingram and Willie Snead for short gains underneath on the following drive, but the main takeaway here was his second fumble of the day in which he appeared to hurt his throwing shoulder. Brees got sacked to end his team's fourth offensive possession, one that culminated just like the previous three had: with a punt. The veteran quarterback found his first sustained rhythm of the day on the team's last drive of the half, finding his "ol' reliable" receiver Marques Colston for gains of 21 and 24 yards, respectively. That served as enough momentum to push New Orleans into the endzone on a proceeding Mark Ingram run for the offense's first and only points of the opening half. Brees hit Snead underneath for 12 yards on the first possession of the second half, but turned the ball over shortly after on an underthrown play-action bomb to Brandin Cooks that fell into the hands of Chris Conte. The Saints turned the ball over once again on the following drive after Willie Snead coughed up the football on a crossing route. Brees and the Saints rode their running game to their second offensive touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter, but were unable to punch the ball in for two points on the PAT. The offense got the ball right back after opposing quarterback Jameis Winston fumbled, but couldn't do anything with it and had to settle for a (missed) field goal. Brees got the ball back in his hands just five seconds later after ANOTHER Tampa Bay fumble, and was able to find Willie Snead in the right corner of the endzone to pull his team within four points after a blocked extra point. Brees opened his two-minute drill down seven points with consecutive dump-offs to Benjamin Watson and Mark Ingram for a total of 13 yards, but proceeded to take a sack and put his team in a very undesirable position. He was able to pick up 49 more yards underneath the Tampa defense, throwing twice to Brandin Cooks and once to Marques Colston. Unfortunately, his final gasps to the endzone intended for Brandon Coleman and Brandin Cooks fell incomplete to seal the loss. Update: Brees has a shoulder injury and might miss time, check injury and practice reports during the week.

2015 Week 1 vs ARI (30 / 48 / 355 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Brees' voluminous day through the air started with a first series consisting of a WR screen to Brandin Cooks. a sneak to pick up a short third down, a three-step slant to Colston, and a well-designed screen to Ingram out of the backfield. New Orleans did well converting on short yardage situations for most of the drive, but stalled out in the redzone when Brees couldn't connect with Cooks in the back corner of the endzone. Brees began his next series by moving the chains with an out-route to Benjamin Watson for eight. The short drive ended in a punt, however, after Brees checked down to Ingram for four yards when faced with the blitz on third-and-nine. New Orleans' most successful drive of the first half came on their fourth offensive possession, but it would have been cut short had Arizona avoided a penalty for 12 men on the field on a fourth-and-three punting situation. Brees chipped in on this series with a screen pass to Robinson, a crossing pattern to Watson, and checkdowns to Ingram as well as fullback Austin Johnson. The drive was capped off with New Orleans' sole touchdown of the day when Brees found Brandon Coleman in the left flat. Brees hit a couple checkdowns on the drive before halftime, but was unable to get anything going, as New Orleans punted from deep within their own territory. He started the second half fast, firing a strike to Willie Snead for 63 fast yards. The drive ended there for all intents and purposes, however, as a pair of checkdowns was not enough to push New Orleans across the goal-line. New Orleans was forced to punt on their next drive after a costly holding penalty starting things off on the wrong foot. Brees turned the ball over around midfield on his next series when a low throw to Marques Colston was tipped into the hands of a waiting Arizona defender. The veteran quarterback sparked the New Orleans attack in the fourth quarter with a beautiful bucket pass to Brandin Cooks down the sideline for a pickup of 30 yards. The defense tightened up from there, however, and the Saints were forced to settle with a field goal. Brees was able to lead his offense back to the redzone by beating the Arizona blitz with yet another swing pass to Ingram, but was once again unable to get anything going against the "bend-don't-break" Arizona defense. The resulting field goal turned out to be the final points that New Orleans was able to muster. Brees got the ball back with just over two minutes left in the contest, trailing by five points. A dumpoff to Ingram and two consecutive incompletions intended for Colston left the Saints short, and a questionable decision to punt the ball away salted New Orleans' last meaningful offensive possession. A day of numerous opportunities for Brees was defined by his inability to make things happen in the redzone. Perhaps this was about the remarkably resilient and stingy Cardinals defense, or adjusting to life without tight end Jimmy Graham, but yards did not come nearly as easy through the air for New Orleans as they have in the past. Efficiency remains likely, but Brees doesn't appear poised to light the scoreboard on fire early in 2015.


Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees says he's healthy (Sat Oct 3, 01:29 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) said his passing arm feels healthy and that he believes he can make all throws against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Saints | Drew Brees won't be limited (Fri Oct 2, 05:17 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is not expected to be limited to shorter throws if he returns in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Sean Payton insisted Brees wouldn't play if he didn't have the strength and functionality needed to make every throw necessary. Brees is listed as probable for the game. However, the Saints have just three passing plays of 25 yards or more this year after three games.

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Saints | Drew Brees has probable tag (Fri Oct 2, 04:53 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) put in a limited practice Friday, Oct. 2, but is probable for Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Saints | Drew Brees expected to go in Week 4 (Fri Oct 2, 02:09 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) is expected to start in Week 4, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said Brees throwing Thursday, Oct. 1, sealed their decision.

Our View: It's tough to recommend starting Brees without knowing how his shoulder issue will affect his play, but this is a positive development for his owners and the Saints offense.
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Saints | Drew Brees a limited participant (Thu Oct 1, 07:38 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 1.

Our View: We're not sure how healthy he'll be, and wouldn't trust him anyway which is a weird thing to write as we never through Brees wouldn't be a trustworthy play. If he plays, he's no better than a low-end QB2.

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