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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 led the NFL last season in passing attempts, completions and yardage. He completed 70.0% of his attempts for 5,208 yards and 37 TDs. Over his eleven seasons with the Saints, Brees has enjoyed unparalleled success. He has averaged 4,888 passing yards, 7.73 yards per attempt, a completion rate of 67.8% and 35 touchdowns. He has missed only 2 games out of 176 and even though he turned 38 in January, he has shown no signs of slowing down. This season is the final year of the two-year $44.5 Million contract that he signed just last August, yet Brees recently stated that he thinks he could play several more seasons. This will be the third straight season that Brees has lost a top receiver. He has lost Jimmy Graham (2015), Marques Colston (2016), and Brandon Cooks (2017), but the offense has remained passing focused and ultra productive. Over the past five seasons, the Saints have averaged 664 pass attempts and only 389 rushes. Do they rely so much on the passing offense because their defense performs poorly? Or is the passing game always their strength? This off-season's free agency and draft indicates that the offense could run the ball more often in 2017. The Saints upgraded at Guard signing Larry Warford and drafted an offensive tackle in the first round. They signed free agent Adrian Peterson and drafted Alvin Kamara early in the third round, setting up an even stronger Running Back Committee. It appeared then that a reduction of pass attempts was a strong possibility. However, in June Terron Armstead, their starting left tackle, had shoulder surgery and he is not expected to return till mid-season or even later. Maybe even though they understand they need to balance the offense more to assist their defense, with this loss on the offensive line, it may not be possible. Brees will likely target Michael Thomas frequently. Thomas was outstanding as a rookie a year ago with 92 catches for 1,137 yards and 9 TDs. He will however, draw the top defenders this year. The Saints also have Coby Fleener and Willie Snead returning. That pair produced 1,526 yards and 7 TDs on 152 receptions a year ago. Brees has not finished below QB6 in any season with the Saints. This year at the age of 38, with the loss of Cooks and the off-season running game additions, it is conceivable that he could finish there or lower in 2017. (August 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 3, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 7, 9
Overall Redraft - 37, 23, 26, 26, 29, 34, 37, 38, 38, 42, 45, 45, 46, 48, 49, 53, 57, 60
QB Dynasty - 13, 10, 11, 13, 13, 13, 13

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2014 NO 16 456 659 4952 33 17 27 68 1 3
2015 NO 15 428 627 4870 32 11 24 14 1 2
2016 NO 16 471 673 5208 37 15 23 20 2 4
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 417 610 * * * 23 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 452 655 * * * 20 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 430 640 * * * 20 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 431 650 * * * 25 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 31
QB: 3

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1@ Minnesota Vikings
2vs New England Patriots
3@ Carolina Panthers
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