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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

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

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General News (Thu Feb 1): is expected to sign a one- or two-year contract to return to the team, in the opinion of ESPN's Mike Triplett.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
17 at TB 58 22 30 245 1 0 1 2 0 0 16.45
18 vs CAR 58 23 33 376 2 1 1 -1 0 0 25.7
19 at MIN 68 25 40 294 3 2 2 1 0 0 23.8

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs MIN (25 / 40 / 294 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

At first glance, Brees final stat line looks pretty normal. He had almost 300 yards passing and threw 3 touchdowns. The interceptions did not seem to hurt as the Vikings did not turn them into many points. However, the 15 incompletions were the most he threw in a game all season and the interceptions came on the Vikings side of the field and took points off the board for the Saints. Brees could not click with Michael Thomas at all in the first half but found their groove in the second finishing two drives with touchdowns. The first touchdown came on a 14-yard pass to Thomas who simply ran a drag across the field and beat his man to the pylon for the easy touchdown. Brees lead him just far enough that the diving defender could not make a play on the ball. The second touchdown again came to Thomas who made a small move and was open right in the seam. The 3-yard pass was almost impossible to defend as Brees got the ball out so quickly and the corner did not press him at the line. The final touchdown came on a beautiful wheel route by Alvin Kamara. He outran Anthony Barr in the flat for the easy touchdown as his route was underneath two post routes from the outside and the defender got caught up in the wash of players. Brees did have a touchdown nullified by an illegal motion and then threw an interception a few plays later. The final Saints drive was vintage Brees. He ran the 2-minute drill to perfection and gave the Saints the lead with less than a minute left. Unfortunately, the defense could not hold on and the Saints will have to look towards next season.

2017 Week 18 vs CAR (23 / 33 / 376 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

This was the vintage Brees that everyone has grown accustomed to seeing. With over 300 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, this is the type of game that is thought of when you mention his name. The lone interception came on a 4th down play and actually saved yards for the Saints. Had the defensive back merely batted the ball to the ground, the Panthers would have gained almost 20 yards in field position. With the running game going nowhere, it was Brees along with Thomas and Ginn that really stepped up this week. The first touchdown came on a deep crossing route from Ginn where the former Panther simply outran his corner in coverage and the safety who was late coming over to help for an 80-yard touchdown. The first quarter had been entirely uneventful until this point and set the tone for the rest of the game. The second touchdown pass was a play-action pass where Josh Hill beat the linebacker in coverage and leaked out into the open flat for an easy 9-yard touchdown. The entire Panthers defense seemed to bite on the play-action as the Saints have run the ball more in the red zone than any other team this season. Brees spread the ball around to 8 different receivers this week but will face a much stiffer test against the Vikings secondary in their home stadium. If the running game cannot get going again next week, Brees will have to lead the team to victory.

2017 Week 17 vs TB (22 / 30 / 245 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Brees has been efficient all season, but has not had that spectacular game where he just takes over. He managed to finish the season over 4,000 yards passing and more than 20 touchdowns but just did not look like the old Brees. He found his favorite target in Michael Thomas 6 times this week and continued the trend of checking it down to his running backs. Brees lone touchdown pass came to Zach Line on a 3-yard quick out to give the Saints a 24-20 lead at the time. Brees will take on a familiar opponent next week for the third time this season and will look to move to 3-0 against the Panthers. Either Brees or the running game is going to have to step up if they want to make a deep playoff run.

2017 Week 16 vs ATL (21 / 28 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)

Brees capped off yet another 4,000-yard passing season and added his 22nd touchdown pass on the season. However, the Saints offense appeared to struggle most of the game. Brees was not pushing the ball down the field and was content on short crossing routes and finding his check downs. The big play was a 54-yard bomb to Ted Ginn for a touchdown. Brees hit him 30 yards downfield on a crossing route and Ginn outran the rest of the defense for the other 24 yards into the end zone. Brees was harassed in the pocket and made a few poor throws that could have been intercepted. There was one play around the Saints own goal line that Beasley tipped the ball up in the air but could not find it on its way down for what would have been an easy pick 6. Brees will have one more game against a very poor Tampa secondary to get things back on track heading into the playoffs.

2017 Week 15 vs NYJ (26 / 36 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Brees could have had a 300+ yard and 4 touchdown day if a few things had gone his way, but rather settled for 285 yards and 2 touchdowns. There were 2 Michael Thomas touchdowns overturned by replay. The first had the second-year wide receiver ruled down at the 1-yard line rather than scoring the touchdown and the second confirmed that he stepped out of the back of the end zone before getting his second foot down. Brees later rectified the 2 lost touchdowns with a 4-yard strike to Thomas and a 10-yard catch and run by Alvin Kamara. Brees' lone interception came on a pass tipped by Brandon Coleman. This just added to the terrible day by Coleman as he also lost 2 fumbles. Brees kept his cool throughout the game and made sure the Saints were in a position to win at the end. Brees really favored his top 3 targets in Thomas, Ingram, and Kamara with 24 of his 36 attempts going to those 3 players. There is no time to rest for the Saints as Carolina beat Green Bay and Brees will have to outduel Matt Ryan next week to stay atop the NFC South.

2017 Week 14 vs ATL (26 / 35 / 271 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

From the way this game started, it looked like it was going to be a high scoring affair with both quarterbacks throwing the ball all over the field and the Saints having the advantage with the superior running game. This is the point where Alvin Kamara left the game with a concussion and Brees had to deal with injuries to several receivers as well as some poor calls by the officials. Brees was looking like his old self for the majority of this game, fitting balls into tight windows, and consistently finding Michael Thomas all over the field. He connected with Thomas for 10 receptions, over 100 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown came from the 1-yard line on a clear pick play, but was completely legal based on the rules and being within 1-yard of the line of scrimmage. Thomas was open easily in the end zone for the Saints second touchdown. The first pass came to Tommylee Lewis down the left sideline for 26 yards. Lewis had broken free and caught the ball 5 yards short of the end zone. He stopped, made a move on Keanu Neal and walked into the end zone. Brees looked like he has turned back the clock on these two plays but then came the interception with the game on the line in the fourth quarter. Brees tried to hit Josh Hill up the seam for a game-winning touchdown but ended up throwing into triple coverage for an easy interception. You can understand going for the win, but with how great the running game has been all season and only needing a field goal, it seems foolish to risk throwing the ball at this point. Brees will look to rebound from the late game letdown next week against the Jets.

2017 Week 13 vs CAR (25 / 34 / 269 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)

Both the Saints and Brees got back on track this week as the veteran quarterback looked like himself again. He was quick to get the ball out and spread it around to 9 different receivers. He was not overly flashy and did not push the ball down the field very much, but with the success of the ground game, he did not need to. He connected with Michael Thomas for the pairs first touchdown since week 4 against Miami and looked very comfortable overall. The touchdown pass came from 10 yards out with Thomas streaking across the field and losing his coverage in the wash of bodies behind him. Brees was able to throw the ball towards the sideline where only Thomas could make a play on the ball. Brees connected with almost every potential receiver on the roster, but the only significant amount of targets and yards came to Thomas, Ingram, and Kamara. Willie Snead also finally made an appearance with a 26-yard catch but did not account for anything else the rest of the game. If the running game continues to fire on all cylinders, then Brees will just need to continue to not turn the ball over and the Saints will win a lot of games. With another divisional game against Atlanta on a short week, Brees will face another stiff test.

2017 Week 12 vs LAR (22 / 32 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Brees has not been his normal self for the majority of the season but that has been masked by an outstanding running game. This was the first week an opposing team was able to limit the running game and Brees did not have enough to pick up the slack. Most quarterbacks would be happy with almost 250 yards passing and a touchdown, but Brees is held to a higher standard than that. Brees found some success throwing to Ted Ginn, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas, but the rest of the receivers could not get open. His lone touchdown pass came with :42 left to Alvin Kamara and the Rams in soft coverage. The Rams jumped offside on the play but Brees was able to find Kamara in the flat for a 15-yard catch and run. His longest play of the day came on a 33-yard catch and run by Kamara on a 4th and 5 play. Brees worked through his progression and found the rookie back on a wheel route. The 33-yard play got the Saints to the 5-yard line but they had to settle for a field goal shortly after. Brees will take on a stingy Carolina secondary next week with the winner taking over sole possession of first place in the division.

2017 Week 11 vs WAS (29 / 41 / 385 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Just when Brees was starting to get questions about whether or not he still had it, he shows that this offense is a dual-threat and when they need to throw and go pass-heavy they can do that as game script dictated that the Saints throw the ball as the Saints were trailing in the fourth quarter. Brees threw for 165 yards in the fourth quarter as the team scored 18 points in the fourth-quarter to force overtime in this game.

2017 Week 10 vs BUF (18 / 25 / 184 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 1 rush)

This game is an anomaly if compared to any other game in Brees' career. He threw for under 200 yards, did not throw a touchdown, completed 72% of his passes, and more than half of the yards came to one receiver. Brees has made a living spreading the ball around and finding the end zone through the air, but this week the Saints were able to do it on the ground. Brees threw 117 of his 184 yards to Michael Thomas, and only completed multiple passes to 2 receivers. His biggest plays on the day came on a 28-yard crossing route by Michael Thomas just before halftime. Thomas streaked across the middle of the field and hurdled one defender in an effort to get in the end zone His second big play came on 3rd and 13 to Brandon Coleman. The pass was right down the middle of the field and Coleman was able to follow a block and break a tackle for 30 yards to help set up an eventual Mark Ingram touchdown. Brees did not need to be his normal self today with how well the rest of the team played. Brees will face a Washington secondary that allowed over 300 yards passing and 4 touchdowns to Case Keenum this week.

2017 Week 9 vs TB (22 / 27 / 263 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)

Facing a very poor Tampa Bay secondary, Drew Brees looked like his old self again as he lead the Saints to a divisional victory. He may not have surpassed 300 yards through the air, but he added two touchdowns and was able to find the big play when needed. With 3 completions over 30 yards and another 24-yard strike, Brees accounted for almost half of his total yardage on those four plays. The interesting stat is the Saints actually rushed the ball more than they threw it today. Brees first touchdown came on a 33-yard catch and run by Alvin Kamara. The rookie running back took a screen 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and promptly went 38-yards to the house. Kamara broke several tackles on the run down the sideline and would not be denied the end zone. The second touchdown was a 36-yard strike to Ted Ginn right up the middle of the field. Brees faked the pitch in the back field and unloaded a 36-yard bomb that fell right into Ginn's arms in the end zone just before the safety got over to cover. Brees also added a 33-yard catch and run play to Coby Fleener that helped set up the Alvin Kamara touchdown. This was a much better showing for Brees who will continue to benefit with the re-emergence of the running game.

2017 Week 8 vs CHI (23 / 28 / 299 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)

It is very rare that Drew Brees goes an entire game without throwing a touchdown pass. To put it in perspective, Brees had previously gone consecutive weeks with throwing a touchdown pass. He also fell short of a 300-yard passing game by a single yard. Brees normally has a stat line closer to what Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson had later in the day. However, he did manage to set his team up for points and help rebound from 2 Mark Ingram fumbles. Brees first big play came on a 54-yard catch and run by Brandon Coleman. The screen was blocked beautifully, and Coleman burst down the sideline to help set up an Alvin Kamara rushing touchdown. Later in the game, Brees provided more fireworks with a 53-yard bomb to Ted Ginn right down the middle of the field. Unfortunately, Mark Ingram fumbled two plays later and the ball was recovered by Chicago. Brees did enough to guide the Saints to victory this week but look for a much better stat line against a beleaguered Tampa Bay secondary next week.

2017 Week 7 vs GB (27 / 38 / 331 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / -1 / 1 rush)

The final stat line looks about what you would expect for Brees with over 300 yards passing and a touchdown. That is until you scroll over and see a 2 in the interception column. This is now back to back games that Brees has thrown 2 interceptions after not throwing any in the first 5 weeks of the season. The first interception came in the red zone where Brees underthrew Brandon Coleman and Damarious Randall was able to undercut the route in the end zone. The second interception was a brilliant play by Davon House. Running step for step with Michael Thomas, House was able to reach up and almost backhand the ball out of the air on the run. Brees could have lead the ball a little further, but this play had more to do with the effort from House than anything else. Brees makes up for his mistakes later with a 22-yard strike to Brandon Coleman. It was the pump fake that sold the play down the sideline as the corner bit on the fake and Brees was able to get the ball to Coleman before the safety could get over to cover. This put the Saints up 26-17 to ice the game and was Brees' 500th career touchdown pass. There was also the 1-yard rushing touchdown by Brees as he leaped up into the air and extended the ball over the goal line for the touchdown. It was not the traditional under center dive into the end zone, but the end result was another Saints' touchdown and a win for Brees and company.

2017 Week 6 vs DET (21 / 31 / 186 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Today's game was a very mediocre performance by Brees but he was not needed to be outstanding. Normally the Saints win because Brees is masterful through the air but today it was the defense and the running game that carried the team. Brees did manage two touchdowns but had less than 200 yards passing and added two interceptions. Brees tried to force the ball to Michael Thomas and was intercepted by Darius Slay and his first interception was a pick 6 returned by A'Shawn Robinson. Brees was able to spread the ball around with receptions to 7 different receivers but he was never able to blow the top off the defense for a big gain. Brees first touchdown came on a 20-yard catch and run play by Ted Ginn. Ginn did all of the work on this one as he outran his defender and was able to cut up the sideline and dive into the end zone. His second touchdown came on a 2-yard strike to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. Brees was not sharp today but the rest of the team was able to pick him up.

2017 Week 4 vs MIA (29 / 41 / 268 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

Brees was asked to do a lot today for an offense that looked to have some jet lag coming into London. Brees had to check down and find Alvin Kamara 10 times today and put a lot of trust in the rookie to extend drives on third down. Brees continues to show he does not miss Brandin Cooks and has found his new top receiver in Michael Thomas. The first touchdown of the game came on a three-yard out route to Michael Thomas. Brees rolled right and found a wide-open Thomas in the flat. The final touchdown of the game came on a shovel pass to Alvin Kamara. The rookie running back did all of the work weaving in and out of defenders from 12-yards out. Brees was very accurate completing 70% of his passes but several came on short check downs against a very soft zone coverage. The only deep shots he took were 30 and 31-yard completions to Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman respectively.

2017 Week 3 vs CAR (22 / 29 / 220 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Drew Brees must have thought it was 2009 again with the way the defense was playing today. Brees was very accurate completing almost 76% of his passes on the day and connected on touchdowns with Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr, and Brandon Coleman. Brees did not put up his usual 300-yard passing game but that was not needed today. After the first drive of the game, the Saints never trailed again and Brees was able to impose his will on a beleaguered Carolina defense. Brees' first touchdown came to Michael Thomas from the 5-yard line. Brees pumped left to draw the safety and then moved up in the pocket to eventually come back right side to Thomas who had run a comeback route right in front of the corner. Brees' second touchdown came to Brandon Coleman from the 11-yard line. The defense was playing the run with Adrian Peterson in the backfield and the entire secondary bit on the play action fake. Brees was able to find Coleman all alone in the end zone for his second touchdown pass of the game. Brees' final touchdown came on a 40-yard deep crossing route by Ted Ginn Jr where he simply ran past his corner and the entire defense.

2017 Week 2 vs NE (27 / 45 / 356 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

After being thrown off balance by the Vikings pass rush last week, Drew Brees looked much more comfortable today. Brees was not very accurate today but was able to find several big plays against a porous New England secondary. Brees first touchdown came on a beautiful back shoulder pass to Brandon Coleman early in the second quarter. Brees also hit Coleman in stride as he was streaking down the sideline for a 42-yard gain and set up a field goal. Brees also connected with Fleener late in the fourth quarter to bring the Saints within two scores, but it proved not to be enough. Brees hit Fleener on an out route just short of the end zone and the big tight end reached the ball over the goal line as he was being tackled. Brees is going to need a little bit of help from the defense and running game if the Saints want to win many football games this year.

2017 Week 1 vs MIN (27 / 37 / 291 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Drew Brees did his best to carry this offense in week one but just could not find enough against a stingy Vikings defense. The Saints running backs averaged less than 3 yards a carry and the Vikings secondary was able to sit back and play the ball. Brees targeted Michael Thomas more than any other receiver, but had the most success with Coby Fleener and Mark Ingram. Brees biggest play came when Tommylee Lewis beat Viking's corner Trae Waynes for a 52-yard strike. Waynes also interfered with Lewis on the play but the young receiver still came down with the ball. Unfortunately, the Saints had to settle for another field goal despite being on the 8-yard line. Brees lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when Coby Fleener went straight up the seam and caught the ball over Viking's corner Trae Waynes. This was not a typical Drew Brees game but he will look to exploit a Patriot's secondary that gave up over 300-yards to Alex Smith in their first game.

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Saints | Drew Brees has hard deadline (Fri Feb 16, 10:48 AM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees would become an unrestricted free agent March 14 if he doesn't reach a new deal. The final three contract years would void at the start of the new league year, and the Saints will have to pay $18 million worth of signing bonus prorated on this year's salary cap in addition to whatever salary they end up paying Brees for 2018.

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