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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. Brees missed a week of practice and the first pre-season game resting his strained left oblique. (August 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5
Overall Redraft - 26, 15, 19, 19, 19, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 25, 27, 27, 31, 31, 32, 33, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43
QB Dynasty - 4, 3, 4, 5, 7
Overall Dynasty - 39, 24, 53

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 16 404 600 * * * 22 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 421 630 * * * 18 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 435 650 * * * 20 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 415 643 * * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 19
QB: 3

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Footballguys Articles

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  Matt Waldman - August 4
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  Matt Waldman - August 3
Gut Check No.310 - Non-PPR Tiers Update 8/22
  Matt Waldman - August 22
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  Sigmund Bloom - August 21
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Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees expects to play in preseason game (Mon Aug 18, 12:52 AM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) said he definitely plans to play in the third preseason game.

Our View: We'll feel better about Brees when we see him in action. Oblique injuries are painful, and they can alter a quarterback's mechanics. We imagine that Brees will look like his old self, but we're certainly going to be monitoring the situation.
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Saints | Drew Brees may play (Sun Aug 17, 07:22 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) may play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Sean Payton. However, Payton doesn't want to put a target date on Brees' return.

Our View: Not seeing Brees in the preseason isn't the end of the world, but if the injury affects him during the season, we can't say we weren't warned. This isn't so much an injury that would sideline Brees as much as it might take a little bit of edge off of his upside.
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Saints | Drew Brees limited (Sun Aug 17, 05:48 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) is doing individual drills in practice Sunday, Aug. 17.

Our View: This continues to progress, although at a somewhat slower rate. Still, there has been nothing too glaring to make us reconsider Brees' ranking. We'd love to see him light it up in the third preseason game just to be safe.
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Saints | Drew Brees inactive (Fri Aug 15, 08:06 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Tennessee Titans. Brees was able to throw and run before the game, but was on the field in workout clothes and not suited up.

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Saints | Drew Brees expected to sit out another game (Wed Aug 13, 02:34 PM) - It does not appear like New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (oblique) will be able to play in the second preseason game even though head coach Sean Payton has not disclosed his status.

Our View: This oblique injury is one to closely monitor in Saints camp. We should see Brees back for the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka the third week of the preseason.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Atlanta Falcons
2@ Cleveland Browns
3vs Minnesota Vikings
4@ Dallas Cowboys
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Detroit Lions
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers