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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

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

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Summary

Drew Brees signed with the Saints in March 2006, joining first year Coach Sean Peyton. Together, they resurrected the team and the City of New Orleans who had suffered the ravages of Hurricane Katrina just the year prior. Brees led the league in passing in 2007 with 4,418 yards and also had 26 TD passes. Brees and Payton were perfect fits and the team's offense flourished. During his years in New Orleans, Brees has won a Super Bowl, been named Super Bowl MVP, and been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times. In 2011, he set the then single season NFL passing record with 5,476 yards. That same season, he set the still standing NFL record for highest completion percentage in a season at 71.2%. With the Saints, Brees has consistently excelled, passing for an average of 4,842 yards and 35.4 TDs. His worst statistical Saints' season came in 2012, with Peyton suspended for the year and Brees still completed 63% of his passes, averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt and passed for 5,177 yards and 43 TDs. The Saints defense had a remarkable turn-around in 2013 and finished as the NFL's fourth best, giving up only 305.7 yards per game, yet Brees remained the focal point of the offense. Down the stretch last season the Saints showed more commitment to run the ball. They averaged 30 rushes per game for the final four games, but still ranked 25th on the season with only 92.1 yards rushing per game. The Saints' primary issue a year ago was road games, where they were only 3-5. Brees' production suffered as well, completing only 64% of his passes, compared to 73% at home. He also threw 9 road interceptions compared to only 3 at home. There has been a lot of off-season discussion that the Saints are planning to shift more emphasis to the running game. The offense lost Darren Sproles, one of Brees' favorite targets for the past 3 seasons and his 77 receptions per year, as well as the reliable Lance Moore during the off-season. However, the team moved up in the first round of the NFL Draft to select Brandin Cooks, a playmaker who could step right into the role vacated by Sproles. The offense still has Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, and Pierre Thomas so they should remain explosive. Brees will continue to be the Saints' offensive focal point and once again be among the league leaders in passing in 2014. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5
Overall Redraft - 26, 10, 15, 18, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 38, 41, 43, 47
QB Dynasty - 4, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7
Overall Dynasty - 40, 24, 27, 49, 53, 55

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2011 NO 16 468 657 5476 46 14 21 86 1
2012 NO 16 422 670 5177 43 19 15 5 1
2013 NO 16 446 650 5162 39 12 35 52 3 2
2014 PROJ-Dodds 16 401 610 * * * 22 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 421 630 * * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 435 650 * * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 415 643 * * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 22
QB: 3

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