QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 220||Born: 1-15-1979||College: Purdue||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Thu Feb 4): is still resting his torn plantar fascia in his right foot, but he's close to full strength.
Week 21: bye week
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs ATL (32 / 42 / 323 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)
Brees' Saints started off the day conservatively, with a pair of handoffs and underneath checkdowns. One first down was picked up, but a punt was forced after only five offensive plays. More success was found on New Orleans' second possession, as Brees connected with Travaris Cadet and Ben Watson on two plays that combined for 58 yards before relying on the legs of Tim Hightower to guide the offense into the end zone and take a 7-3 lead late in the first. Similar offensive firepower was achieved on the following drive for New Orleans, with Cadet continuing to play a large role out of the backfield. Brandon Coleman and Brandin Cooks pitched in, as well, before Watson grabbed a touchdown on a wheel route up the left sideline to make the score 14-10. Brees looked to be leading his offense right back down the field before halftime by continuing to kill Atlanta slowly with checkdowns to his RBs. However, once in the red zone, the Saints rolled the dice on fourth-and-two with a pick play to Willie Snead before an Atlanta defender made a dynamic break and tackle to force a turnover on downs, leaving the score 14-10. An eleven-play drive preceded a successful 41-yard field goal attempt to tie the score at 17 solidly into the third quarter. Brees' attack continued to rely on underneath passing with the exception of Willie Snead's 22-yard deep crosser, but it proved effective enough to put points off the board and take five minutes off the clock before Atlanta's defense stiffened up when backed against the wall. Early in the fourth quarter, Brees and Co. embarked on a 16-play drive that elapsed eight minutes of the game clock. The successful ball-control attack involved spreading the ball around to all members of the offense, chiefly underneath the teeth of Atlanta's defense. However, an attempted no-huddle run on Atlanta's three yard-line ended in a lost Saint fumble, allowing a sure three points and a possible hard-earned seven slip through their fingers in the form of a continued 17-17 tie. Three plays without a first down forced New Orleans to punt on their following drive, as an incompletion to Ben Watson up the left sideline seemingly sealed the Saints' fate as they opted to punt the ball back to Atlanta with under two minutes left. However, New Orleans got the ball right back after their defense forced a clutch interception. Tim Hightower ran off the last bit of clock by picking up a critical first down to set up a game-winning field goal. Brees ended his season much like several games throughout the 2015 campaign: efficiently. He led his offense down the field several times with completion after completion, mostly taking advantage of Atlanta's usually soft defensive coverage. This won't go down as the veteran QB's best season, but, on a list of reasons why this team didn't end up reaching the playoffs, his right arm doesn't belong.
2015 Week 16 vs JAX (25 / 36 / 412 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brees earned his money at home on Sunday, playing through severe pain due to a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Although not moving especially well, he didn't seem worse for the wear from the get-go with his arm. On his opening possession, Brees utilized 20-yard passes to Brandon Coleman and Brandin Cooks along with the steady running attack of Tim Hightower before finding Michael Hoomanawanui for a 17-yard touchdown, and a 7-0 lead. Brees backed this up with similar success on the team's second drive, identifying a mismatch deep down the left sideline and dropping a dime to Cooks as he sped past Jacksonville coverage for a 71-yard touchdown to make the first-quarter score 14-0 in New Orleans' favor. After getting the ball back in plus-territory because of a defensive interception, Brees' relied upon the legs of Tim Hightower to guide the team to a somewhat surprising 21-0 lead with ten and a half minutes to go in the first half. A costly sack forced the Saints to punt on their fourth drive of the day from deep in their own territory. Taking advantage of another Jacksonville turnover, New Orleans found its way into the red zone before faltering a bit on account of a pair of Brees incompletions. They settled for a 37-yard field goal, earning a 24-0 lead with about four minutes left in the half. Brees put his kicker in position for a 52-yard attempt before halftime, connecting with Willie Snead twice including a particularly sharp throw between two defenders. The kick missed, however, and the Saints took a 24-6 lead to the locker room. After Jacksonville opened the second half with a touchdown drive, Brees answered back with one of his own, relying on the likes of Brandon Coleman and Hightower before connecting with fresh face Travaris Cadet for a 44-yard touchdown. The Saints kept control of the clock to begin the fourth, embarking on a 13-play drive that elapsed nearly seven minutes. Brees continued to spread the ball around in the short to intermediate areas of the field before rewarding Hightower with a five-yard touchdown run. Continuing their potency through the fourth, New Orleans decimated any scant comeback hopes that Jacksonville was clinging to by taking seven more minutes off the clock on an eleven play drive. With some speculation of this being his last New Orleans home game, Brees responded with one of his best games of the year while dealing with significant pain in his right foot. He took advantage of a Jacksonville defense that offered little defensive resistance, spreading the ball around to nine different receivers to the tune of 412 yards.
2015 Week 15 vs DET (34 / 52 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
New Orleans began their day with a three-and-out after Brees was unable to connect with Cooks down the left seam on third-and-five due to perfect coverage from Darius Slay. A short run followed by two more defensively-forced incompletions forced Brees' second drive to end the same as the first, with a punt from deep in the Saints' own territory. Midway through the first period on his third drive of the day, Brees used the opposing pass rush's aggressive to his advantage by scrambling for 11 yards off left tackle. New Orleans achieved some offensive momentum on their third series, mainly utilizing Willie Snead on underneath routes, but a pair of incomplete deep shots up the left sideline ended the drive with a 45-yard field-goal attempt, which was converted to make the score 7-3 with a minute remaining in the opening quarter. After picking up a single first down on his fourth drive, Brees was content to throw the ball away on third-and-12 after a costly holding penalty set the offense back. He did, however, appear to hurt his right foot on this third down while attempting to buy time in the pocket, and would have it checked out on the sideline only to return on the following series without missing a play. Brees was able to lead his offense down the field on their last drive of the first half despite visibly suffering from pain in his right foot. A diverse array of receivers pitched in here, including Spiller, Hightower and Cooks. The ball reached as far as Detroit's one yard-line, but poor goal-line execution, especially in the ground game, forced New Orleans to roll the dice on a do-or-die pass play to end the first half. An offensive penalty destroyed the potential score, and left the Saints with a frustrating 21-3 deficit after two quarters. Behind 28-3 by this point, pressure from both edges resulted in Brees falling victim to a sack on his first play from scrimmage of the second half. Unable to handle the blitz, Brees was forced to throw the ball away on third-and-11, leading to another New Orleans three-and-out to open the third period. On their second drive of the third, the Saints turned to their hurry-up attack. The returns were positive, as five straight completions including two sizeable plays to Marques Colston and the 27-yard touchdown to Cooks allowed the team to find the endzone and make the deficit 28-10. Additional "two-minute" success was found on the next possession, where Brees found Cooks, Snead and Ben Watson to move the ball down the field before a third-down incompletion forced a 22-yard field goal to make the score 28-13 with 13 minutes to play. Still nursing his right foot through pain, Brees and the Saints took advantage of a Detroit fumble to waltz down the field and punctuate with an 11-yard Marques Colston score. The game was suddenly very much within reach, as 10 minutes remained with only a 28-20 deficit. More fast-paced offense allowed the Saints to pile up a 15-play drive within 3:30, as all members of the passing game were utilized to dink-and-dunk the ball down the field on several do-or-die occasions. A one-yard touchdown made the score 35-27, but, in reality, it wasn't that close. Game script allowed Brees to compile 341 yards on 52 attempts, but it will be interesting to see if the Saints decide to let him play through his foot ailment going forward with New Orleans' season officially a wash.
2015 Week 14 vs TB (31 / 41 / 312 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brees started off his day sharply, moving the chains with regularity en route to an opening touchdown drive. His prime beneficiaries were Brandin Cooks and Benjamin Watson, but Marques Colston capitalized in the endzone with a three-yard touchdown to put the Saints up 7-0. After getting the ball back in short order, Brees and the Saints were unable to pick up a first down on their second drive. New Orleans' aerial attack found more success on their third possession, hooking up deep down the field to Willie Snead on a blown coverage, then Ben Watson over the middle on a severe mismatch. Audibling out of a goal-line run, Brees found Marques Colston by the left pylon for a one-yard touchdown, the duo's second of the young game. Starting off the day by hitting 12 of his first 13 passes, Brees ably led his team to a 14-0 lead. Brees and the Saints embarked on a 17-play drive to finish off the opening half, as Snead and Watson remained heavily involved. A costly sack in the red zone forced New Orleans to settle for a field goal, but numerous third downs were converted to ensure a successful clock-killing drive. At the half, the Saints held a 17-10 lead. The Saints established some offensive momentum to open the second half by continuing to spread the ball around through the air, but a punt was forced from shallow Tampa territory. Brees utilized efficient short passing to run five more minutes off the clock and cap off the third period. The offense rewarded Tim Hightower with a three-yard touchdown to put the Saints up 24-10 with a quarter and change to play. To open the final frame, a series of underneath passing set up a fourth-and-short in which the Saints elected to punt. Two first downs on the following possession were enough to burn 3:34 off the clock, but a pair of incompletions and a costly penalty kept the Saints a yard away from a first down, in which they chose to punt once more. Relying on the legs of the capable , if not flashy Tim Hightower, the Saints were able to run out the last four minutes on the clock to secure a 24-17 victory. Brees was efficient on the day, taking advantage of mismatches in coverage and hitting his receivers in tight windows. The offense played well as a unit once an early 14-0 lead was established. Brees is just a mid-range QB1 based on volume for the season's homestretch.
2015 Week 13 vs CAR (24 / 42 / 282 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Drew Brees produced a masterful performance against a stingy Panthers defense, relying on his intelligence and a number of very creative plays to get the job done. The Saints went up-tempo early, trying to get the Panthers thinking rather than playing. They had a lot of success early as Brees fired off quick passes and leaned on the ground game. At the line of scrimmage, he was a master, drawing two offsides penalties and consistently changing the play into a favourable one. He coped well with pressure, although the offensive line afforded him excellent protection throughout. Only when the Panthers sent extra rushers did they manage to get home. The veteran's first touchdown pass of the day came on a seam pass to Benjamin Watson. The Panthers appeared to drop a coverage, allowing Watson to streak untouched into open space in the end zone for Brees to find him. After the hot start, Brees was nearly intercepted on a quick slant to Brandon Coleman, with the cornerback jumping in front. However, he was unable to make the play. The Saints heated up as the game went on and continued to throw looks at the Panthers that made them uncomfortable. Yet another well-crafted play led to a 54-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks. Motioning to the right from a bunch set, Cooks ran a deep post and seemed to confuse the Panthers' safeties, who allowed him to roam free. It was a straightforward pass for Brees off play action, but he had to avoid a rusher to step up and fire it downfield. Brees' third touchdown toss came on a nicely lofted pass to Coleman, but it was the quarterback's eyes at the line of scrimmage that fooled the would-be coverage player. Brees pumped to the flat receiver to hold the cornerback, before firing to Coleman on a go route down the sideline. A late interception was the only black spot in an otherwise clean and efficient game; Brees, under pressure, appeared to throw the pass blind, allowing the free safety to come over the top and pick it off.
2015 Week 12 vs HOU (25 / 44 / 228 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brees and the Saints picked up a first down to open their offensive day, capitalizing on soft Houston coverage by getting the ball into the hands of Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead on shallow out-routes. The team was forced to punt from their own 34 yard-line. Three straight screens netted a loss of one on the following drive, making the decision to punt very easy for an offense spinning its wheels. Another punt commenced on New Orleans' third offensive drive to finish the first quarter, as J.J. Watt ruined two consecutive plays before Brees was unable to reach the sticks on third-and-long. A penalty combined with generally ineffective offense lead to a fourth straight punt for Brees' attack. Conventional first downs seemed like a challenge to this point, let alone the self-dug hole of a third-and-23. Brees established a bit of offensive momentum on his final two drives before the half, which both resulted in field goals. Mark Ingram's 29-yard run was the catalyst for the first three points, while a pair of Benjamin Watson receptions and a nice play from Willie Snead allowed New Orleans to only trail 14-6 in a half in which they were thoroughly outplayed. A promising Mark Ingram carry opened the Saints' second half attack, but a sack from the dominant J.J. Watt combined with a penalty provided a setback that led to another punt. A deep punt from Houston forced Brees and Co. into terrible field position, which, predictably, they weren't able to do anything with. Another punt was the culmination of a drive to fit their one for nine success rate on third downs to this point. Brees was leading his team on their most successful drive of the day early in the fourth quarter, connecting with Ben Watson and Willie Snead to reach Houston's red zone. However, he was intercepted on an impressive play from Kareem Jackson, which ended any scant hope that New Orleans had down 24-6. The Saints gained numerous yardage on their final drive of the day, but with the contest clearly in hand, it appeared Houston was content with allowing these short chunks of yardage. Brees' throws were consistently a hair off the mark for most of Sunday's game. Consistent pressure combined with an inability from his receivers to gain separation contributed, but this is definitely a day the future Hall-of-Famer will wish to forget. Ingram's first carry occurred on New Orleans' third play from scrimmage, an inside handoff for a single yard. His next carry came two drives later, a loss of two off left tackle. Midway through the second period, Ingram took a pitch to the right edge before tiptoeing his way down the sideline for 29 yards, easily serving as New Orleans' best offensive play to this point. Ingram bailed out his quarter from an impending sack with a 17-yard swing pass to the left flat in the team's two minute drill. He opened New Orleans' second half with a chunk of 16 yards up the middle. However, he dropped a screen pass two plays later on a third-and-20. Ingram was the recipient of another swing pass to begin his team's next drive, taking it for three yards from the left flat. His next two carries were small victories considering the level of overall offensive success on the day, picking up five and four yards up the middle, respectively. Ingram caught a pair of checkdowns midway through the fourth in New Orleans' no-huddle attack, picking up five and six yards. The veteran back stayed involved with a catch two plays later, netting 16 yards against a vacant defensive zone. His role will remain steady as a capable professional back, but this is a team that appears ready for an early offseason.
2015 Week 10 vs WAS (19 / 28 / 209 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brees opened his day with a short play-action completion to Benjamin Watson, and rode the wave of a 70-yard pitch to Mark Ingram on his team's first touchdown drive. The four-yard score occurred on a one-step drop slant to Brandin Cooks to tie the score at 7. New Orleans' second offensive drive didn't get any traction, as an eight-yard sack on third down forced the Saints into a quick punt. Two effective runs began the team's third drive, setting up a 60-yard play action bomb to Brandin Cooks for the tying touchdown. This would turn out to be New Orleans' final points of the day. Time of possession was dominated by the Redskins to this point, but it didn't project to matter early in the second period. Brees' attack couldn't get much going on its final drive of the first half, as a costly Cooks drop forced the Saints to punt from their own territory. New Orleans' sieve of a defense combined with some offensive hiccups resulted in a 27-14 halftime deficit. Brees had to nickel and dime for every yard to open the second half, spreading the ball around with short passes. Facing a 16-point hole, New Orleans was forced to punt after only three plays once again late in the third quarter after a costly holding penalty prevented the Saints from gaining any offensive momentum. After picking up one first down by way of a Mark Ingram screen on the following drive, Brees threw a pass a bit too high for Marques Colston, resulting in a tipped pick-six to cement the game at 44-14. It wasn't a perfect throw, but still one that Brees can reasonably expect his veteran receiver to come down with on a make-or-break third down. It would only get worse on the following drive for New Orleans, as an initial nine-yard completion to Marques Colston was wasted with three straight plays that combined to lose 3 yards. The ball was going back to Washington yet again after a failed fourth-down conversion, and their drive would start at the New Orleans 22. Essentially attempting to minimize the score disparity in an already embarrassing loss, Brees moved the ball fairly effectively on his following drive, spreading the ball around with dink-and-dunk underneath routes. The Saints reached the Washington 33 before Brees forced a vertical route down the left sideline to Benjamin Watson, who was perfectly covered by Perry Riley. The heave resulted in an athletic interception, adding further insult to injury. Another day to light up the scoreboard looked to be in the cards for Brees' Saints after marching down the field with two opening touchdowns, but things obviously bogged down considerably from there. Timely Washington pressure combined with carrying the enormous weight of a defense seemingly giving up a touchdown every possession, Brees was unable to get anything going in the second half. The Saints have a bye next week, but he'll be a decent QB1 for the homestretch of fantasy regular seasons.
2015 Week 9 vs TEN (28 / 39 / 387 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 1 rush)
Brees picked up where he left off last week to begin Sunday's game, leading his team on an opening-game touchdown drive. He spread the ball around to Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman and finally Josh Hill for the ten-yard score. Brees opened up a 14-3 lead following his second possession, finding Willie Snead and Marques Colston for critical third down conversions before dropping a perfect throw right into Brandin Cooks' hands for a 38-yard touchdown. On New Orleans' next drive, Brees lucked up with a roughing the passer call that negated a late first-quarter interception. Brees jumped over the pile for a one-yard score, going 3 for 3 in touchdown drives to start his day. The beneficiaries of his hot start on this drive were Willie Snead and Mark Ingram (on the ground and through the air), as the veteran QB continued to pick on Titans CB Perrish Cox. His next drive finally encountered a hiccup, resulting in a three-and-out when Brees was unable to connect with Cooks on a third-down slant. The dry spell continued to cap off the opening half, as a pair of completions to Ben Watson were the only noteworthy developments on a possession that ended in a punt. A third straight punt was the way New Orleans opened its second half after three consecutive Mark Ingram totes. Brees' next drive started off very promising, as he led his team into the redzone by finding Hill, Snead and Coleman on an impressive rollout. However, the momentum stalled there as Brees took an 11-yard sack before forcing a vertical route to Mark Ingram into double coverage, resulting in a costly interception by B.W. Webb. This likely cost the Saints at least three points, and left the contest in serious question with a 21-20 lead and only 18 and a half minutes on the clock. Bookending the third and fourth quarters, Brees led his team on a much-needed touchdown drive. He relied on Colston, Watson and Cooks for key third down conversions before turning to Hoomanawanui for the one-yard touchdown. By this point, with a 28-20 lead, it was clear that his running game was going to offer Brees little to no support. Tennessee got the ball back and drove down for a touchdown and tying two-point conversion, putting some pressure on Brees' offense. A series of penalties and consistent defensive pressure resulted in a punt after only four offensive plays were executed. A missed Tennessee field goal left the game tied and in Brees' hands with 1:55 left on the clock from his own 45. The drive started off promisingly, with a 22-yard completion to Snead, but a costly 8-yard sack and heavy Tennessee pressure put the Saints in lukewarm position for a potential 46-yard game winning field goal. Forbath's kick was partially blocked, and was no good. New Orleans never got the ball back, as an overtime coin toss fell in favor of Tennessee, who drove the length of the field for a game-clinching touchdown. Brees' high-percentage attack made for a solid day for fantasy investors, but the majority of his statistical damage took place in the opening half. Increased pressure from Tennessee sparked offensive pause from New Orleans, and ultimately proved to be the difference on a late-game Brian Orakpo sack that pushed the Saints out of easy field goal range. Lock this resurgent veteran in your lineups as a QB1 going forward.
2015 Week 8 vs NYG (39 / 50 / 505 / 7 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Brees' first drive included just one completion to Josh Hill, and ended with a three-and-out punt. It was clearly not a sign of things to come, but put the Saints in an early deficit. He got rolling on the subsequent drive, connecting with Mark Ingram on a checkdown, Ben Watson on a perfect seam pass and Willie Snead to cap it off with a 34-yard flea flicker score. To open the following drive, Brees extended the play outside of the pocket before heaving it to Watson for an impressive 46-yard playground gain. The touchdown came on a short slant where Brandin Cooks beat his defender right off the snap en route to a 26-yard score. It was clear at this point that New Orleans' offense was off to a hot start, and was likely to move the ball fairly easily. Brees spread the ball around on his fourth offensive possession, finding Cooks, Snead and Brandon Coleman for short gains before taking advantage of a blown defensive coverage for a laughably easy 53-yard touchdown to Marques Colston. Surgically eviscerating New York's defense on his fifth series, Brees chewed up yardage underneath with short passes before finding Willie Snead on a shallow crosser for his fourth touchdown of the half. Clearly on fire in the opening half, Brees totaled over 300 passing yards and established a streak of 17 consecutive completions, spearheading his team's 28-21 lead. Brees didn't lose any rhythm at halftime, as he hooked up with the likes of Ingram, Colston and Watson for intermediate gains before lofting a beautiful bucket pass to Brandin Cooks for a 21-yard touchdown, reclaiming a 35-28 lead in a developing offensive shootout. After five consecutive touchdown drives, Brees finally felt some resistance midway through the third quarter when he forced a throw into double coverage that was intended for Brandin Cooks. It was an overthrown ball that resulted in a very athletic interception for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Amending for his lone mistake on the day, Brees once again dissected the numerous deficiencies of the New York defense with short completions to Colston, Cooks and Snead before putting a ball right into Watson's chest for a 20-yard touchdown up the right seam with frequent defensive target Landon Collins in the crosshairs. His team was up 42-28 with just over a quarter to play, but the lead was not safe as both defenses were absolute sieves all day long. The Giants patched their defense for three more plays early in the fourth quarter, as Brees and the Saints were forced to punt for just the third time all day with a 42-35 advantage. New Orleans' offense looked to be humming down the field like it had been all day, when Brees was intercepted by Trumaine McBride. The ball was intended for Willie Snead on an out-route when Snead fell victim to a huge hit from DRC, causing the pigskin to pop loose right into the arms of a defender for a pick-six. Suddenly, a recent two-score lead was now a 49-42 deficit. Once again tasked with putting the offense on his shoulders, Brees surgically led his team down the field with a 6:35 drive to tie the game at 49, ensuring Eli Manning had just 30 seconds left to pull ahead. That didn't happen, and a fluky punt return by Marcus Murphy combined with a lucky facemask penalty put newly signed Kai Forbath in position to hit a 51-yard field goal for the exhilarating victory. While his defense didn't show up for most of the afternoon, Brees willed his team to victory by taking what the Giants gave him all day long, in the form of blown coverages and underneath dinking-and-dunking. New Orleans' best formula for winning involves riding its veteran quarterback's right arm. On fire since returning from his shoulder ailment, Brees is back in surefire QB1 territory.
2015 Week 7 vs IND (28 / 44 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Brees' day began inauspiciously, with a sack for a loss five at the hands of Robert Mathis. The Saints were forced to punt after an 11-yard screen to C.J. Spiller failed to recover the lost yardage. Brees found Spiller, Brandin Cooks and Michael Hoomanawanui on the following drive, but the offense bogged down and New Orleans once again punted the football from about midfield. Brees connected with Brandon Coleman, Spiller and Khiry Robinson on his third series, with an especially beautiful touch pass to Coleman on a key third down. A successful fake field goal deep in enemy territory led New Orleans to find the end zone and take a 7-0 lead. An immediate Andrew Luck interception put the ball back in Brees' hands with prime field position. He rode the legs of his running game, leading his offense to a refreshing 14-0 advantage at the onset of the second quarter. Yet another Colt turnover gave the Saints possession deep in Indy territory. Brees carved up the defense by finding his trade acquisition, Hoomanawanui for a 16-yard touchdown wide open down the right seam. After three consecutive touchdown drives, the Saints had to punt midway through the second quarter from their own territory after Brandin Cooks was unable to break through a Greg Toler tackle. Brees rode his running game on the following series after an 18-yard pick play to Brandin Cooks. However, he threw a costly interception to Vontae Davis in the back of the endzone to end the drive, floating a pass intended for Marques Colston in which the veteran receiver didn't even see the ball coming. New Orleans' possession to cap off the first half was hardly noteworthy, a three-and-out that ended in a punt. Brees led his offense to an opening touchdown drive to begin the second half, elevating the Saints to a 27-0 lead by once again relying on Mark Ingram to the tune of 53 rushing yards. The Saints' offense got the ball back midway through the third period still up 27 points, but were forced to punt after picking up just one first down on a 10-yard swing pass to Mark Ingram. Brees' attack began to bog down to conclude the third quarter, containing another drive culminating in a punt after only one first down by way of short gains was accrued. The trend continued to open the fourth quarter, with a punt to began the period after only four offensive yards were gained. Brees got the ball back quickly, but the drive ended with the same way, with a punt after a clutch sack from Kendall Langford. Brees made a perfect "bucket" pass to Brandin Cooks down the sideline on his next possession, picking up 47 quick yards. However, the drive slowed down shortly thereafter, resulting in a Thomas Morstead punt from midfield. Indianapolis continued to give New Orleans the ball back without taking much time off the clock, but New Orleans couldn't do anything with it late in the final frame. A punt commenced with roughly four minutes left and a 13-point lead. Having lost his rhythm from earlier in the game, Brees reached back for just enough to propel his team on the final drive. The veteran quarterback connected with Willie Snead on a short slant route, followed by old reliable Marques Colston on a back-shoulder pass up the right sideline. He proceeded to kneel on the ball, running out the clock to ensure New Orleans' third victory of the season. The engine that kept the Saints running, Brees led his team to a great start en route to a 27-0 lead, making several beautiful passes. Things decelerated from there, however, as New Orleans' scoring was finished with over ten minutes left in the third quarter. Still, Brees seems to have regained some semblance of consistency in his passing attack of late, albeit against the likes of Atlanta and Indianapolis.
2015 Week 6 vs ATL (30 / 39 / 312 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brees moved up in the pocket on the third play of the game to move the chains, finding Josh Hill for 12 yards to get the game started on the right foot for New Orleans. He spread the ball around to Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Benjamin Watson throughout the drive, impressively orchestrating the offense with short passes before handing it off to Mark Ingram for the opening touchdown. Brees handed the ball over three times before his offense was forced to punt on its second series of the day. He spread the ball around once more on the third series, picking up two first downs. However, an eight-yard run stuff set the offense back and forced a punt. Brees peppered Watson with targets in the two-minute offense before the first half, connecting with the veteran tight end four times for 60 yards on this drive alone. However, a highly thrown pass that Watson leaped to get his hands on fell incomplete on a third-and-long to end the promising drive. New Orleans was forced to settle for a field goal attempt, which was unsuccessful. Brees got the ball moving down the field once again to begin the second half, spreading the ball around to a variety of targets while making an especially impressive back-shoulder throw to Ben Watson. Bogging down in the red zone, the Saints opted to kick a field goal to punctuate the series. Brees kept his sharp day alive on the following drive, carrying the offense when his running game remained absent. He found four different targets with frequently accurate throws, pushing the ball down the field before finding a wide open Watson wide open in the end zone on a gutsy fourth-down play call. The veteran quarterback orchestrated another touchdown drive early in the final period to essentially put the game out of reach for his team's second win of the season. The offense once again rode his coattails without a meaningful running game, as Brees completed a dime of a pass deep down the field to Brandin Cooks for the highlight of this icing drive. New Orleans transitioned into clock-killing mode on the following drive, with Brees handing the ball off three times before Zach Hocker missed his second field goal of the night. His best game of the season, Brees brought back memories of a Saints offensive era gone by with efficient and accurate passes all night. The veteran signal caller put the team on his back for an inspired Thursday night performance in front of his home crowd, but this seems more like a short-lived turnaround than a returning sign of normality for the New Orleans attack.
2015 Week 5 vs PHI (26 / 43 / 335 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brees opened his day with two consecutive completions and a first down by way of C.J. Spiller and Benjamin Watson, but his offense was forced to punt after being taken down seven yards behind the line for a sack. Brees was sharp on his second drive of the day, connecting with Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks for gains of 20-plus before astutely noticing miscommunication in the Philadelphia defense to find an uncovered Benjamin Watson for a six-yard touchdown. The Saints followed their touchdown up with a three-and-out, as Brees was unable to hook up with Cooks deep down the right sideline. New Orleans went three-and-out again on their next possession when Marques Colston dropped a would-be first down. Brees had established a little bit of momentum with two first downs including a third down connection to Willie Snead. The drive stalled, however, when Brees took a bad sack to push his team out of field-goal range. His two-minute drill to end the first half was cut short after a sack-fumble. Brees opened the opened the second half with a beautiful 46 yard post route to Cooks, then pushed the ball into the red zone with a 17 yarder to Colston. New Orleans was forced to settle for a field goal after two consecutive Willie Snead red zone targets failed to score a touchdown. On the following possession, Brees coughed up the football for his second lost fumble of the afternoon. Brees' offense was able to pick up just one first down before punting the football back to Philadelphia on the drive following his second fumble. New Orleans' drive to open the final period was also short-lived, as a single first down was all the Saints could muster before being forced to punt once again. A perfectly thrown 59 yard vertical route to Willie Snead was wasted by a Michael Hoomanawanui fumble in the red zone, essentially sealing the loss for Brees and the Saints. The turnover parade continued for Brees on the next possession when Walter Thurmond undercut a Brees pass that was intended for Brandon Coleman. He was able to make the game appear a bit closer, pushing the ball into the end zone for a garbage time score to Brandin Cooks. Brees achieved respectable fantasy numbers by compiling yardage once the game was in Philadelphia's pocket. He made a handful of great throws deep down the field, dropping the football right into his receivers' hands. However, this day will be defined by the three turnovers for the veteran quarterback.
2015 Week 4 vs DAL (33 / 41 / 359 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brees was back under center after Luke McCown filled in admirably in Week 3. Brees' shoulder and arm strength, in addition to his efficiency, were at high levels for the first time this season. Brees carved up the Dallas pass coverage with quick releases and underneath accuracy throughout the game. The Cowboys were able to pressure the pocket, but Brees routinely beat the pressure. While accurate on a vast majority of his throws, Brees' face value impressive stat line is not without mistakes. On three occasions Brees threw likely interceptions. On the first, Brees floated a pass to the perimeter into coverage. Secondly, Brees threw into double coverage on third down, which was intercepted, but called back by defensive penalty. On the third, Brees was simply off-target to Josh Hill on a crossing route. Any of those were potential game-changing plays in a close affair. While Mark Ingram has been a welcome surprise in the passing game, C.J. Spiller's overt speed was a welcome addition this week and ultimately the deciding factor. With a more dynamic element to the Saints passing game, combined with Brees' strong performance against Dallas, the Saints are heading in the right direction as a slow start.
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 NewsSaints | Drew Brees extension before free agency? (Mon Feb 8, 05:29 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees may receive a contract extension before the start of free agency March 15. Extending Brees before free agency begins would give the Saints the ability to use the extension to cut down Brees' salary-cap cost for 2016. New Orleans is currently $10 million over the projected salary cap. Our View: The Saints have to do something here, and giving Brees a contract extension would greatly help. As it stands, Brees has a $23.8 million cap number in 2016 with $33.8 million left in dead money. Reducing that number this year would get the team under the cap and help them shop for much-needed talent.
link to story Saints | No talks for Drew Brees yet (Thu Feb 4, 04:52 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said any conversations with the Saints regarding a contract extension have not happened yet. Our View: At this point, as Sean Payton remains in New Orleans, we don't expect the team to move on from Brees. Ultimately, we think Brees has a bounce-back season after the two sides come to terms with a reduced rate for his services.
link to story Saints | Drew Brees still idle (Thu Feb 4, 10:23 AM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) is still resting his torn plantar fascia in his right foot, but he's close to full strength. Our View: The Saints and Brees will have to work something out as it seems the quarterback is t going anywhere and should be healthy for next season.
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