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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Brees' numbers were fine because he piled up stats in a desperate comeback attempt, but it should have been easier against a Cowboys defense that Austin Davis tore up in Week 3. Brees is not a dangerous downfield thrower right now, and the Saints offense doesn't look like the juggernaut it has been during his tenure.

Week 5: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Drew Brees used garbage time to dress up his statistics in Dallas (32/44 for 340 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown), but except for a brief few moments in the fourth quarter New Orleans was never really in striking distance down in Dallas. Once again, away from home, the Saints were less-than-scintillating. Marques Colston only managed a less-than-50% reception rate (11 targets for 5/50/0) - the opportunities were there for him last week, but drops and inconsistencies robbed his owners of fantasy value last week. Jimmy Graham came on in the second half and finished with 10 targets for 8/86/1 receiving; Kenny Stills turned three targets into 2/62/0 receiving; Brandin Cooks (six for 5/31/0) and Travaris Cadet (six targets for 6/59/0) moved the chains for Brees. The Tampa Bay D that got stomped 14-56 by the Falcons two weeks ago held up better against the Steelers, and won 27-24. However, they still gave up a lot of passing yards and scores - Ben Roethlisberger threw 29/40 for 314 passing yards and three TDs (288 net after subtracting four sacks for -26 yards), compared to the 24/28 for 344 net passing yards, three TDs and one interception that the Falcons had two weeks ago. To date, Tampa is ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 272.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores allowed balanced by just one interception (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied for ninth in the NFL) generated. This is a great matchup for the Saints, who should put up big numbers against this weak secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ATL 29 42 333 1 1 1 2 0 0
2 at CLE 27 40 237 2 1 1 3 0 0
3 vs MIN 27 35 293 2 0 3 -2 0 0
4 at DAL 32 44 340 2 1 1 6 0 0
5 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 27 37 * * * 2 * * *
5 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 26 39 * * * 2 * * *
5 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 26 38 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CLE (27 / 40 / 237 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Brees bounced back from a terrible start to lead three straight touchdown drives, but this was yet another mediocre Brees performance outdoors. The game started miserably as the first two possessions were ugly 3-and-outs. Brees did not handle the rush well all day and looked especially out of sorts early. On the second play of the game, Brees let an off target shotgun snap bounce off his hands, rushed back to pick the ball up and quickly chucked a dangerous throw into coverage to avoid the sack. He was lucky to avoid the interception. The Browns easily sniffed out a WR screen to Brandin Cooks on 3rd down to force the punt. The first play of the second drive, Brees was lucky to avoid the Safety as he held onto the ball far too long and was sacked just outside the end zone. After a short dump off to Ingram on 2nd down, Brees again narrowly avoided an INT as he was hit on the release and the ball floated to land between three defenders. Brees' risky play finally bit him late in the 2nd quarter as he threw an INT that the Browns returned for a TD. With pressure in his face, Brees sailed the ball down the middle of the field way over Jimmy Graham's head and right into the hands of the Browns Safety. After the INT, Brees played much better. Down 16-3 after the Pick Six, the Saints got the ball back on their own 15 with a little over three minutes left in the half and Brees orchestrated a very nice 85-yard touchdown drive. Brees capped off the drive with a well-thrown jump ball to Jimmy Graham for a nine-yard TD with just seconds to play in the half. Brees led another TD drive on the Saints next possession that again finished with a Jimmy Graham TD, this time from 1-yard out as Brees hit Graham on a quick out route. The next drive was another long TD march for the Saints with the big play coming courtesy of Jimmy Graham on a 20-yard completion down the left sideline that set the Saints up with first and goal on the Browns 3. After two long TD drives, the Saints only other second half possession came late in the 4th quarter with the Saints nursing a one point lead. The offense was able to eat up over six minutes and pin the Browns inside their own 5-yard-line with 2:36 left so the drive was not a complete failure, but Brees and the offense were unable to put the game away.

2014 Week 3 vs MIN (27 / 35 / 293 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Brees had an average Week 3 performance, as he did not handle pressure very well but did make some savvy veteran plays to secure the win. While he often did a relatively good job of escaping pressure by climbing the pocket and buying himself time, he threw some ugly balls nowhere near his WRs when he did not have room to operate. Brees and the Saints offense made it look easy the first two drives as the running game picked up big chunks and Brees was a perfect 9-for-9 without having to make any difficult throws. On the first drive, Brees nearly had a TD pass to Pierre Thomas but Thomas stepped out as he was diving for the pylon. On the second drive, Brees looked left and pump faked to hold the Safety Harrison Smith then came back and hit a wide-open Hill down the seam for an easy touchdown. In the two-minute drill at the end of the half, Brees leaned heavily on Jimmy Graham like he did in Week 2. After a couple easy completions to Graham, Brees threw a ball that should have been intercepted as Smith undercut Graham's route and had the ball hit him in the hands but couldn't pull in the INT. The offense went cold for five straight drives as little miscues and negative plays led to punts. None of it was really due to Brees mistakes though as the guys around him let him down. On one drive it was holding on a run play. The next it was a drop by Marques Colston on what should have been a big gainer. The next drive, a 2nd down sack on Brees put them in 3rd and long. The next drive, a bad snap on 3rd down that Brees couldn't handle led to a big loss and a punt. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the offense finally started rolling again after Brees was body slammed by CB Captain Munnerlyn. Brees got up extremely angry and the anger seemed to fuel the Saints offense. Brees made a couple nice completions and then finished the drive with a TD pass to Colston. The next (and final) drive, Brees again stepped up his play with a couple big 3rd down completions to keep the drive alive. Finally, on 3rd and short with a little over a minute left, he used a hard count to draw the Vikings offside to pick up another first down and put the game away.

2014 Week 4 vs DAL (32 / 44 / 340 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Brees had another disappointing performance considering the justifiably high expectations based upon his past play. He was off target on a handful of passes, some at crucial times in the game, that stalled drives and made it impossible for the Saints to keep up with Romo, Murray and the Cowboys offense. The opening drive started promisingly as the Saints methodically moved the ball down the field despite drops by Jimmy Graham and Maques Colston. The Cowboys were able to bring pressure and force Brees to get rid of the ball quickly, which led to a lot of short passes and dump offs. The dink and dunk offense left very little margin for error since they were not picking up big chunks as the first few drives stalled once they entered Cowboys territory. Brees' first bad throw was an interception on a pass intended for Robert Meachem. Brees threw late down the middle of the field towards wide open Meachem but could not loft it over LB Bruce Carter who was able to make a great leaping play to get one hand on the ball and tip it to his teammate Justin Durant. The bad decision could have been overcome had Brees put a little more air under the ball. On the next drive, Brees was almost picked off again as he misread the Cover 4 coverage and did not see Orlando Scandrick switch off his man and cut in front of Colston to break up the pass. On his best throw of the game, Brees showed great pocket awareness to move and buy time before hitting Stills for a 46-yard-gain down the right sideline. But he came right back on the next play and threw an ugly pass three feet off target on a short route to Colston that Colston had to swat away from the defender to avoid the interception. Brees threw two other shaky passes to Colston late in the 3rd quarter. On a 4th and 2, Colston was wide open on a short route across the middle and Brees threw it behind him but was bailed out as Colston made a nice one handed grab reaching behind him. The next play, Colston ran a deep post and Brees floated a duck three feet over Colston's head down the center of the field and was lucky to avoid the interception. Brees finally got into a rhythm in the 4th quarter. First, he tossed a short TD to TE Josh Hill who blocked for a few seconds and then released as Brees rolled right and made the easy short pass to the open Hill. The next possession, the Saints spread the field with RB Travaris Cadet lining up as a WR on every play. This forced the Cowboys to cover at least one of Brees' targets with a LB on every play and Brees was able to exploit mismatches to quickly march the ball down field before hitting an open Jimmy Graham over the middle for a 13-yard TD to pull within two touchdowns. With a chance to really make it a game on the next drive, Brees' accuracy issues crept up again as the Saints were unable to move the ball at all. On first down, Brees missed a wide-open Kenny Stills on an easy throw to the sideline that would have been a nice gain of nearly 15 yards. Brees was nearly picked off trying to hit Graham on a deep ball the next play before a safe dump down to Pierre Thomas on 3rd down that left the Saints well short of a first down. On 4th down, the Saints opted to attempt a fake punt instead of leaving Brees in to go for it. The fake failed, ending any hopes of a Saints comeback.


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