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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

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

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Week 4: at San Diego Chargers

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs OAK 69 28 42 423 4 0 2 5 0 1 36.65
2 at NYG 62 29 44 263 1 0 0 0 0 0 17.15
3 vs ATL 0 36 54 376 3 1 2 9 0 0 30.7
4 at SD PROJ-Dodds * 28 41 * * * 2 * * * *
4 at SD PROJ-Tremblay * 27 42 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (29 / 44 / 263 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Brees' Saints picked up one first down on their first possession, relying on the ground game and a single completion to Willie Snead, but were forced to punt after Brees could not connect with Coby Fleener. A punt ensued on the second drive, as well, after Brees was dropped for a sack on third down. By this time, it was clear New York's defense wasn't going to allow a repeat of last November's 52-point shootout. After an 80-yard drive by New York's offense stalled in the redzone, the Saints were dealt a starting point of their own three-yard line on their third possession. Nothing developed beyond a play-action dumpoff, and a third straight punt was the result. New Orleans' defense did well to keep the game scoreless, forcing a fumble and providing the offense with good field position, but consistent pressure from the New York defense derailed yet another Saints drive into a punt. Once again Brees' Saints started deep in their own territory and they were unable to grasp any offensive rhythm, as their receivers were routinely blanketed by opposing defensive backs. Thomas Morstead kept busy with his fifth punt of the half, and the score remained 0-0 with 6:41 to play in the second period. The offense was gifted positive field position on their subsequent drive, but a combination of penalties and missed opportunities only allowed for a net gain of five yards before a field goal was attempted. Rather than putting the Saints up 3-0, however, the kick was blocked and returned for a New York touchdown, giving the Saints a 7-0 deficit. Forced to immediately pick up the pieces, Brees led the Saints into the two-minute drill and relied heavily on his tried-and-true short passing attack. Connecting with Michael Thomas for 17 and 23, respectively, moved New Orleans into enemy territory. Then, Brees dumped it down to Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman to set up his team for a comfortable field goal, which allowed the team to enter half with a 7-3 deficit. To open the second half, a short pass to Brandin Cooks allowed New Orleans to pick up one first down, but stingy New York defense forced a failed third-down conversion and another punt. Brees was finally able to move the ball consistently on the second drive of the second half, utilizing a bevy of short passes to keep the chains moving before taking advantage of what seemed to be a blown coverage on a 17-yard touchdown strike to Snead to tie the game at 10 early in the final quarter. Brees connected with Fleener to mark a promising begin to New Orleans' subsequent possession, but three straight incompletions into tight New York coverage forced another punt trailing 13-10 midway through the fourth. Brees heated up on his final drive when he had to, primarily relying on Cooks, Coleman and Thomas to move the ball into Giant territory. Things stalled in the red zone, when two costly incompletions forced the Saints to settle for a field goal that tied the game at 13. New Orleans did not get the ball back after surrendering it with 2:54 remaining, as New York milked the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal, 16-13. It's a frustrating loss for Brees, who didn't achieve anywhere near the offensive success he found last November when facing the Giants. Perpetually tight coverage combined with sporadic pass protection and a non-existent running game limited what the veteran signal caller was able to produce.

2016 Week 1 vs OAK (28 / 42 / 423 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Brees' arm picked up right where it left off last year, dominating New Orleans' offensive yardage and serving as the only weapon to keep his team in another shootout. He came out throwing on all three downs of the first drive, but did not record a completion and ending up holding on to the football too long before losing suffering a strip sack and losing the fumble. Brees was efficient on the following possession, connecting on four straight underneath passes to Ingram and Snead, but things slowed down in the red zone when an intentional grounding penalty forced the team to kick a field goal. Brees once again relied heavily on Snead on the third series, delivering one of his patented touch passes down the left sideline for 49 yards. Things bogged down in the red zone once again, but the Saints left the offense out on fourth down from the one, and their aggressiveness was awarded when Brees connected with Snead for a one-yard touchdown off play-action to tie the score at 10. Brees led the Saints on another touchdown drive on the subsequent possession, delivering one precise pass after another over the short and intermediate areas of the field. He fed rookie Michael Thomas the first two catches of his career on slant routes, and utilized Brandin Cooks' impressive route running for a total of 30 yards and a touchdown on the drive, giving his team a 17-10 lead five minutes before half. The veteran quarterback made a point of targeting Travaris Cadet on their drive before the half, but failed to gain any traction and were forced into a punt, taking a 17-10 lead into the break. A tackle-for-loss and false start penalty stunted New Orleans' opening drive of the second half, and forced them to punt from deep within their own territory. Brees showcased another pinpoint touch pass down the left sideline to start and finish the following drive, taking advantage of a mismatch caused by Brandin Cooks toasting his man coverage with spectacular speed in order to connect on a 98-yard touchdown, pushing a mid-3rd quarter lead to 24-10. Brees relied on very short passing on the drive that finished the third quarter and opened the fourth, surpassing 300 yards passing, but could not convert to Coby Fleener on a pivotal third down in Oakland territory, settling for a field goal attempt. Brees' offensive line began to put him under siege on his following drive, but he was still able to work the ball down the field in order to gain pass interference penalties. The drive ended with a field goal after Brees strangely attempted what appeared to be a designed run on third-and-goal from the six. The longtime Saint kept pushing the ball down field despite continuous pressure midway through the fourth quarter, finding Willie Snead deep behind the Raiders' coverage and then executing in the red-zone for a two-yard strike to bring him over 400 yards passing, including four touchdowns that gave the Saints a 34-27 lead with 6:03 to play. Despite moving the ball almost at will all day, Brees' offense was forced into desperation mode, down a point with only 47 seconds to play and no timeouts deep in their own territory. He responded admirably, finding Willie Snead twice to set up a 61-yard field goal, but it sailed wide left to end in a heartbreaking 35-34 loss. Brees' Saints will likely continue to find it necessary to light up the scoreboard in order to make up for a sivv of a defense, rendering him a top-notch QB1 regardless of matchup.


Latest News

Saints | Drew Brees has big night in loss (Tue Sep 27, 12:46 AM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 36 of his 54 pass attempts for 376 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26. Since 2012 Brees has 19 losses in game with 300 or more yards, most in the NFL. His interception snapped a streak of 305 passes without an INT, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history without a pick.

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Saints | Drew Brees still confident in Coby Fleener (Fri Sep 23, 01:34 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is off to a disappointing start in his new home and still building a rapport with QB Drew Brees. However, Brees believes as the two players begin to get more comfortable with each other and the team learns what Fleener does best versus man and zone coverage, the results will come.

Our View: Fleener has been getting open and Brees has been trying to find him, but the connection is ragged. The upside is very high if these two can click, so perhaps it's worth carrying Fleener in deeper leagues to see what happens, but his matchups the first two weeks were excellent.
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