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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 220Born: 1-15-1979College: PurdueDrafted: Round 2, pick 2001

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General News (Thu Jan 24): is scheduled to count $33.5 million against the salary cap in 2019, which is $4 million more than any other player in the NFL. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team has options to reduce the number if they need to this offseason.

General News (Mon Jan 21): indicated during his post-game comments Sunday, Jan. 20, that he plans on returning for the 2019 season and "making another run" at a Super Bowl with the Saints.

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Recent Stats and Projections

19 vs PHI 76 28 38 301 2 1 3 0 0 0 20.05
20 vs LAR 66 26 40 249 2 1 2 -2 0 0 19.25

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Drew Brees's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 20 vs LAR (26 / 40 / 249 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

The final stat line does not look terrible for Brees, but it does not tell the full story of the game. Brees broke his own record for the most accurate passing season in NFL history this year, and that did not show this week. He missed 14 throws and threw the fateful interception in overtime that ended up costing the game. Brees also had trouble connecting with Michael Thomas this week. The same duo that torched the Rams earlier this season was held in check for less than 40 yards this week. Brees biggest outlet was Kamara out of the back field this week. He targeted Kamara 13 times and completed 11 of those passes for just under 100 yards. He did a great job finding Kamara when he was matched up on a linebacker or even a lineman, but in the end, it did not prove to be enough. Brees found Garrett Griffin for a 5-yard score for the Saints first touchdown. It was a play action pass with Brees rolling to his right. The defender in coverage broke off when Michael Thomas worked his way back inside and Griffin was left wide open in the corner of the end zone. The second touchdown was a 2-yard screen play to Taysom Hill. Brees took a 1-step drop and fired the ball to Hill who powered his way into the end zone. The biggest mistake came in overtime when Brees tried to find Thomas up the seam. Brees felt the pass rush and ended up letting loose a lame duck of a throw that fell right into the lap of a Rams defender. It was another play where pass interference could have been called, but the officials felt the ball had been tipped and the contact was allowed. It was a huge let down to an amazing season for Brees. He has already come out saying he wants to return and give it a go again next year.

2018 Week 19 vs PHI (28 / 38 / 301 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was not a great start for Brees this week, but you would never know that by just looking at his numbers. His interception came on the first play of the game when he tried to take a shot down the middle of the field to Ginn. Brees has been without Ginn for most of the season due to injury and the duo has not quite seemed to have gotten their rhythm back. The turnover resulted in 7 points for the Eagles and an early hole for the Saints. The next drive resulted in a 3 and out for the Saints and 0 net yards for both Brees and the offense. The third drive did not start much better but seemed to turn around on the fake punt call. Brees led the team down the field for their first score of the game and found Kirkwood in the end zone from 2 yards out. It looked like it was going to be a quick strike but Brees pumped the ball and waited till Kirkwood broke free on the outside. It was a blown coverage by the Eagles and an easy touchdown for the Saints. The second touchdown came to Thomas on another 2-yard play. This capped off a nearly 11:30 minute drive and the touchdown play looked almost exactly like the one where Kirkwood scored earlier in the game. Instead of pumping the ball and waiting for Kirkwood to come free, Brees threw to his first read and found Thomas on the inside. The play gave the Saints the lead and setup a dramatic 4th quarter that featured a missed field goal and a game clinching interception for the Saints. Brees will not be able to start slow against the Rams like he did this week if they want to make it to the Super Bowl.

2018 Week 16 vs PIT (27 / 39 / 326 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

It had been a very disappointing stretch of games for Brees in the past few weeks. He had thrown an interception in 4 straight games and failed to reach 300 yards in the previous 3. Brees got a big boost this week with the return of Ginn and it really showed in the offense. There was finally someone playing opposite of Thomas that Brees could rely on. The Saints rushing attack was bottled up by the Steelers and that allowed Brees to fire the ball down the field and pick up yardage in big chunks. He had completions of 23, 25, 28, and 42 yards this week and threw the all-important go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter to Thomas. Brees was flushed in the pocket and rolled to his right. He found Thomas on a comeback route right at the pylon. The play was originally ruled down at the 1-yard line before being reviewed and ruled a touchdown. It was a perfect throw and catch by one of the best duos in the league and proved to be the game winner. Brees also led a field goal drive to answer a Steelers touchdown right before half time. The Saints drove the ball 50 yards in 38 seconds to get Will Lutz in range. The drive was aided by a 42-yard reception by Kamara as he tip toed down the side line. Brees has put up an MVP type season and will have one more game to add to his stats next week against the Panthers.

2018 Week 15 vs CAR (23 / 35 / 203 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

It has been a rough 3 game stretch for Brees and today was the worst of the 3. He threw an interception for the 4th straight game after being nearly perfect to start the year and he failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season. Brees also struggled with accuracy and missed on a season high 12 throws this week. He was bailed out by a smothering defense and a run game that was able to do just enough to pull out the win. The longest play of the day was a 28-yard pass to Watson up the seam followed by a 21-yard streaking Kirkwood across the middle. Brees and Thomas had their usual connection (7 of 9 targets) but the yardage and touchdowns were just not there this week. Brees interception came just over mid field when he tried to take a shot down the field to Dan Arnold. The backup tight end got his hands on the ball, but it was knocked free as he was going to the ground and intercepted by a trailing defender. Brees also threw an interception on a 2-point conversion play where he targeted Thomas on a quick out and the route was jumped and returned 100 yards for 2 points the other way. These stats do not count towards the official line and Brees ended his day with just the single interception. The team continues to win despite the struggling Brees. There is the outside chance that he gets a breather down the stretch if they have wrapped up the number 1 seed. Brees will face a Steelers defense that just got done shutting down Tom Brady and the Patriots next weekend.

2018 Week 14 vs TB (24 / 31 / 201 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 1 rush)

Things have not clicked for the past 2 weeks for Brees. He has thrown an interception in back to back games for the first time this season and barely surpassed 200 yards through the air. Brees also lost a fumble on a strip sack. He has played behind the best offensive line in the NFL this season and has not had to deal with defenders in his face that often. Brees connected with Zach Line for a 1-yard touchdown on a play action pass. Everything looked like the Saints were going to run the ball and power it in from the 1, but Line leaked out into the flat for an easy touchdown. Brees also threw an interception where he faked the ball to the left and then lofted a screen pass towards Ingram that was intercepted. He threw the ball into traffic and just did not see the defender in the way. The Saints were on the Buccaneers side of the field and it killed the drive. Brees also added a 1-yard rushing touchdown to cap off his day. Usually when the passing game struggles the run game picks up the slack, but that has not been the case. Brees will need to get back on track in the last 3 weeks before going into the playoffs.

2018 Week 13 vs DAL (18 / 28 / 127 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

It was not a banner night for Brees as he did not look like the MVP candidate that he has in recent weeks. He opened the game with 4 straight incompletions and never found a rhythm. His longest play of the game was also his touchdown to Keith Kirkwood. The play was only possible after a 15-yard roughing the punter call that extended the drive. The 30-yard pass to Kirkwood was just a simple go route that he took up the seam and required a perfect throw from Brees into traffic. Kirkwood caught the ball just over his shoulder in the end zone with Tre'Quan Smith also in the area. The route shows the confusion on the part of the Saints offense as the receivers were running almost stride by stride next to each other into the end zone and it caused the Cowboys to have 4 defenders in the area. It was a mistake on the part of the young receivers, but Brees made it work for the touchdown. Brees had a chance to be the hero on the final drive of the game. The defense came up with a big fumble recovery after the Cowboys had taken nearly 7 minutes off the clock and were deep in Saints territory. Brees started on his own 15-yardline and had a long way to go for the tying field goal. On the second play of the drive, he threw the ball behind Alvin Kamara and a diving interception was made by the Cowboys defense. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing game for Brees. He will have a chance to get back on track next week against Tampa Bay.

2018 Week 12 vs ATL (15 / 22 / 171 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)

The normal yards were not there for Brees this week, but the touchdowns were. Brees has 15 touchdowns in the last 4 games despite throwing for under 200 yards this week. Normally the lack of passing yards coordinates with the running game exceling, but it was about even this week. The success was setup for Brees by the takeaways from the defense and the return game. Brees first touchdown was a 28-yard bomb to Lewis. The route was right up the seam and Brees put the ball where only Lewis could make a play. He laid it right above his head where he had to turn and leap to make the touchdown while falling into the end zone. The second touchdown came to Carr on an easy out route into the end zone. He chipped off the defensive end and leaked out into the flat. There was no defender within 10 yards of him and Brees hit him right in the chest. The third touchdown was an amazing diving catch from Arnold into the end zone. Brees led him just a little too far on the 25-yard go route, but Arnold was able to go full extension into the end zone for the touchdown. The fourth and final touchdown was a 5-yard out route to Lewis. Brees put the ball low and hard where only Lewis could make a sliding catch. The defender had no chance to stop the pass. Brees also threw his second interception of the season. He still leads the NFL in touchdown to interception ratio. The ball was intended for Kirkwood and drifted too far after he got his feet tangled with the defender. The safety came across for the easy interception and it was the only real mistake that Brees made. There is a chance that Kirkwood could have made the catch or at least broken up the pass had he not fallen, but the pass did sail on him a little. Brees has another good test against a surprisingly good Cowboys defense next Thursday.

2018 Week 11 vs PHI (22 / 30 / 363 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The march towards an MVP continues for Brees with another 4-touchdown performance and more than 300 yards passing. He was surgical moving the ball up and down the field and it is scary to think that the Saints added another weapon and the rushing attack is hitting its stride. Brees made a statement against the defending Super Bowl Champions and embarrassed them this week. His first touchdown was a 3-yard strike right to the chest of backup tight end Austin Carr. Brees threw a bullet to his chest through a very small window created between 2 defenders. His second touchdown was a 15-yard strike to Tre'Quan Smith across the middle. Smith had a defender draped all over him and took a big hit from the safety and still caught the skinny post at the goal line for a touchdown. The third touchdown was a beautifully throw fade route to Michael Thomas down the side line. Brees laid the ball right over his shoulder and found the void between the corner and safety where only Thomas could catch the ball. The 23-yard score was the 8th touchdown between the duo this season. Brees capped off his day with a 37-yard touchdown to Alvin Kamara. It was not the normal short catch and run pass, but instead a long shot down the field. Kamara ran a streak down the sideline in an attempt to clear out the defense for a quick hit underneath on 4th down. Brees saw that Kamara had a step and fired the ball down the sideline and hit him in stride for the score. It was a very risky throw on 4th down, but resulted in a touchdown. Brees continues his march to the MVP and the Saints towards the playoffs. A great matchup against a banged-up Atlanta defense awaits on Thanksgiving.

2018 Week 10 vs CIN (22 / 25 / 265 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)

This could have easily been a 500 yard and 5 touchdown game for Brees, but he finally has a team where he does not have to do everything. He has the best 1-2 punch running game behind him and a defense who is finally starting to play better. Brees imposed his will against the Bengals this week and was deadly accurate with the football again completing 88% of his passes. He continues to find success despite having a thin receiving core outside of Michael Thomas. Brees completed his first touchdown to Thomas with a 7-yard comeback route in the end zone. The play action did not get the corner to bite and he had near perfect coverage of Thomas. Brees threw a sinking line drive to a sliding Thomas for the touchdown. The second touchdown was a 28-yard screen pass to Ingram. Brees did not have to do any of the work as Ingram rumbled down the sideline and spun his way into the end zone. Brees third touchdown came across the middle to Thomas again just before half time. There was a 4th touchdown to Benjamin Watson but it was overturned and ruled down at the 1. Instead of throwing the ball or giving it to one of his backs, Brees snuck the ball off his center for a rushing touchdown instead. It was a masterful game by Brees and he could have done even more damage but did not need to. Any game where he can turn it over to Bridgewater late in the game is a success. Brees will have a much tougher time next week against the defending champions when the Eagles travel to the Saints in week 11.

2018 Week 9 vs LAR (25 / 36 / 346 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

Turn the clock back a few seasons and that is the Drew Brees we saw on the field today. He was confident with the ball, moved in the pocket to create more time, and consistently put the ball right on the money this week. Over the past 2 seasons he has taken a back seat to the 2-headed monster rushing attack the Saints have built, but that was not the case today. Brees watched as the defense relinquished 21 straight points and decided that enough was enough. Brees first touchdown was a short catch and run outlet pass to Kamara. He caught the ball 6 yards down field and had enough for the first down but then turned the corner for the last 10 yards and was untouched going into the end zone. His second touchdown was a bullet across the middle to Smith. He ran a quick slant right across the middle and made a diving catch on the Brees bullet for the 4-yard touchdown. This gave the Saints a 21-14 lead at the time. His third touchdown came to Watson as the pair finally showed some chemistry. It was a play action pass that looked more like a broken play. The defense had broken free and Brees backpedaled and threw off his back foot and put the ball right over Watson's shoulder as he sprinted into the end zone. It was a very dangerous pass, but the defense bit on the fake and it looked like Brees was going to be taken down for a big loss before he threw up the prayer pass. His final touchdown was the biggest of the game and gave the Saints their 10-point lead late in the 4th quarter. He found his favorite target in Michael Thomas settled into the void left by the zone coverage down the left sideline. Brees launched a 24-yard strike to Thomas who made a move and broke free another 48 yards down the sideline for the touchdown. This 72-yard connection put the Saints up by 2 scores and gave the defense a chance to turn over the Rams on downs for the win. The offense was firing on all cylinders this week and Brees will look to carry that momentum into Cincinnati next week.

2018 Week 8 vs MIN (18 / 23 / 120 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

We saw the Saints not really need Brees a lot last season as they had a pair of running backs rush for over 1,000 yards. This week was another example that the Saints can win, even when he does not have the best game. Brees threw for under 125 passing yards and an errant pass ended up being his first interception of the season in more than 250 attempts. His longest pass play was a 19-yard catch and run by Mark Ingram and his lone touchdown was a 3-yard strike to Alvin Kamara. Brees almost had a 2nd touchdown pass to Kamara, but the back was ruled down at the 1 and punched it in on the very next play. Brees interception came on one of the few times he was pressured in the entire game. With the pocket collapsing, he let go a pass that was too tall for Michael Thomas and fell into the arms of a leaping Harrison Smith. It was not the best game from Brees, but it shows how dangerous a team the Saints can be when they put up 30 points without Brees having a good game.

2018 Week 7 vs BAL (22 / 30 / 212 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

After breaking the all-time yardage record earlier this season, Brees surpassed another milestone this week with his 500th touchdown pass. He also added number 501 for good measure and to give the Saints the lead in the 4th quarter. Brees was very accurate this week and completed 73% of his pass attempts against one of the best pass defenses in the league. His first touchdown pass was a 1-yard score to Benjamin Watson. It was the same play action pass that the duo had failed to connect on earlier in the season and it was good to see they had built enough chemistry to give it a go again. The Saints lined up in a power run formation on the 1-yard line, faked the ball to Mark Ingram, and Brees found Watson wide open in the back of the end zone. The second touchdown came to Michael Thomas in the 4th quarter. It was a short 5-yard quick slant with just over 5 minutes to go in the game. Thomas took a hard fake step to the outside before cutting back inside on the slant and beating his man by half a step. Brees sprinkled in a few big plays this week but was largely held in check by the Baltimore defense. It will be another stiff test against a Minnesota defense that has played much better in recent weeks when the Saints travel to the Vikings.

2018 Week 5 vs WAS (26 / 29 / 363 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

After putting up a dud last week (by Brees standards), the offense got back one of its biggest weapons and Brees found it much easier to move the ball down the field. With Mark Ingram back in the fold, teams had to commit to stopping the run more and this opened things up for Brees behind the linebackers. He was able to set the all-time passing yardage record in the first half and really did not need to play past that point as the Saints dominated the Redskins from the first drive. Brees got the party started with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill. It was a play action pass that the Washington defense bit on and Hill was all alone in the back of the end zone for the easy score. Ingram had already taken the ball in from the 2-yard line earlier in the game and the defense sold out to try and stop the run. The second touchdown broke the all-time record for Brees. It was a 62-yard catch and run down the sideline to Tre'Quan Smith. The speedy receiver found himself wide open along the sideline after a blown coverage and he was able to run 38 yards untouched into the end zone. His final touchdown was another 35-yard strike to a streaking Smith. The ball was thrown perfectly down the sideline and hit Smith in stride. The safety bit on an in route and Smith had a step on his man to the outside. Brees made the perfect throw for another easy touchdown. This is the balanced team that won its division and went into the playoffs last season. If they continue to play at this level it will be very interesting to see how far they can go.

2018 Week 4 vs NYG (18 / 32 / 217 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)

We watched as Brees consecutive games with a touchdown streak ended last season as he almost played second fiddle to the running game. Then we saw a renewed commitment to Brees and the passing game with Mark Ingram serving a suspension to start the season and an unwillingness to give Kamara the ball consistently. Brees broke out in a big way last week and looked to carry that into this week. Then he struggled with accuracy and watched as the run game established itself and carried the team to victory again. He did have 4 plays of 20+ yards in the passing game, but he never even sniffed the end zone this week. He targeted Kamara 9 times and never found a rhythm with Michael Thomas like he has previously this year. His longest play of the game came on a 25-yard catch and run by Kamara just after the two-minute warning before half time. This set up an eventual field goal after he could not connect with Watson in the end zone with 21 seconds left before half time. With the return of Mark Ingram next week, it will be interesting to see how close a split the Saints have in rushing and passing attempts.

2018 Week 3 vs ATL (39 / 49 / 396 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 2 rush)

Today's game was vintage Brees but with one added element, he ran the ball. The Saints had a very dominant rushing attack last season and Brees did not have to do quite as much. Things have been different so far this year and he has had to keep his team in games. Brees completed 39 passes to 9 different receivers and even ran the ball 3 times. He was 10 for 10 throwing the ball to Michael Thomas and targeted Alvin Kamara 20 times out of the back field. Those 30 attempts alone would have been a good day for any other quarterback, but Brees added touchdown passes to Ted Ginn, Cameron Meredith, and Zach Line. Those 3 receivers combined for only 29 yards but put up the most points. The first touchdown came on the opening drive to Ginn. Brees faked the pitch and rolled right to find Ginn on a quick out. Ginn proceeded to throw his defender to the ground and walk into the end zone. The second pass was an 11-yard bullet up the seam to Meredith. This was his first game being active this season and it paid off. Brees evaded the pass rush long enough to find Meredith up the seam. The play was reviewed to ensure the runner broke the plain and was upheld as a touchdown. The final passing touchdown for Brees came on a 4th and 1 play where the defense sold out to stop the run and the play action allowed Line to break out into the flat untouched. From this point on it was Brees' legs that carried the team to victory. He took the ball off the edge for a 7-yard touchdown and then dove it in from the 1-yard line for the game winning touchdown in over time. Not only did Brees come away with the win, but he also passed Brett Farve as the all-time leader in completions. This was an amazing all-around game and should setup an epic rematch later in the season between 2 teams bound for the playoffs.

2018 Week 2 vs CLE (28 / 35 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

After the Saints relied so heavily on the run game last season it looked like Brees was not going to have to be the QB who threw for 300 yards and 3 scores every week to be successful. However, that has not been the case this season and Brees had had to dig deep to try and keep the team in games. This week Brees did just that, but also seemed to be missing that spark he has had in the past. A prime example was an over thrown ball to tight end Benjamin Watson in the end zone. The Saints were in a power run set and Watson broke free on the play action. Brees simply laid the ball too far out in front of him and missed the chance for an easy touchdown. There was another missed opportunity on a touchdown that was called back to Alvin Kamara. Brees hit the second year back for an easy score but the play was called back due to offensive holding. Brees did continue his hot streak with Michael Thomas and connected for another 2 touchdowns. The first came on a 2-yard screen to Thomas. Brees took a short drop and threw the ball to Thomas 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and his top receiver did the rest of the work. The second touchdown was a quick out to Thomas from 5 yards out. Thomas beat his man to the outside and Brees delivered an accurate throw for his second touchdown. This game did not go quite as planned, but Brees clawed and fought for the victory. HE overcame two costly fumbles and put the team in a position to win.

2018 Week 1 vs TB (37 / 45 / 439 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

After playing second fiddle to the run game last season, it was the Drew Brees show this week as the Saints were playing catchup all game. Brees was attempting to match Ryan Fitzpatrick who was torching his own defense and found a rhythm with top receiver Michael Thomas. Brees surpassed 400 yards passing, did not throw an interception, but could not muster one final touchdown drive to try and tie the game. 25 completions and almost 300 of his yards came in the form of 29 passes to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. The run game was all but abandoned due to an early deficit and Brees went about extracting large chunks of yards with every pass. Brees first touchdown came on a beautifully thrown ball to Ted Ginn Jr. Brees laid the ball deep down the right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown. Ginn simply ran past his man for an easy touchdown. The second touchdown was a 6-yard slant to Michael Thomas into the end zone. Brees put the ball right on the numbers for another easy touchdown. His third and final touchdown came on a short swing pass to Alvin Kamara who sprinted into the end zone for another easy score. Brees also added 2 two-point conversions to try and even the score. Brees may have had his best game in the past two seasons, but he was outdueled by Ryan Fitzpatrick and got no help from his own defense. Brees will look to get back on track against a Brown's defense that created 6 turnovers against Pittsburgh.


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