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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 reflected after the 2014 season that it was the most frustrating of his career. He said, "I think we've identified the problems or things that got us beat... and we have the solution to fix it." Maybe trading Jimmy Graham wasn't what he had in mind. Brees has spent the last nine years in New Orleans and has won a Super Bowl, been named Super Bowl MVP, and been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times. In short, Brees has played spectacularly at the quarterback position, averaging 7.73 ypa, 67.5% completion percentage, 4,854 yards passing and 35 passing TDs per season. The Saints traded both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills during the off-season and cut Pierre Thomas. This trio totaled 193 receptions, 2,198 yards and 14 TDs, representing 42% of the completions and TDs and 44% of the passing yardage. The combination of the loss of three key passing game leaders, combined with several free agency signings on the offensive line and defensive side have most pundits expecting the Saints to significantly increase their reliance on the running attack. Even with the key losses, the Saints still have effective receivers, including Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, and C. J. Spiller. Perhaps the Saints will run more this season, but since they have averaged 660 passing attempts per year over the past three seasons and finished 2nd in the NFL each of those years, the possibility of an effective passing game remain high. Even with the Saints looking to be more balanced, expect the offense to continue to run through Brees and again be among the league leaders in passing efficiency. (July 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 7, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 15
Overall Redraft - 56, 31, 41, 43, 43, 45, 50, 50, 54, 60
QB Dynasty - 8, 5, 8, 9, 10, 10, 16
Overall Dynasty - 82, 60, 68, 69

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 NO 16 422 670 5177 43 19 15 5 1
2013 NO 16 446 650 5162 39 12 35 52 3 2
2014 NO 16 456 659 4952 33 17 27 68 1 3
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 405 580 * * * 23 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 417 620 * * * 18 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 405 620 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 409 614 * * * 30 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 47
QB: 5

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2015 Schedule

1@ Arizona Cardinals
2vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs New York Giants
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Washington Redskins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Houston Texans
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Detroit Lions
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Atlanta Falcons