QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 220||Born: 1-15-1979||College: Purdue||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2001|
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General News (Mon Jan 13): is expected to talk with head coach Sean Payton Monday, Jan. 13, and Payton said he expects Brees to be the Saints quarterback next season.
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Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 18 vs MIN (26 / 33 / 208 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
As the regular season wrapped up, Brees seemed to be firing on all cylinders and looked completely healthy after his thumb injury. That did not seem to be the case this week as he was unable to come up with any answers against the Vikings this week. Brees completed nearly 79% of his passes, but he looked off with his receivers. He was not over throwing or missing guys, but he was putting the ball just a little too far to the inside or outside and not giving them a chance to run after the catch. Michael Thomas had to make several diving and sliding catches that could have gone for much bigger gains if they were better throws. Brees was also sacked for a loss of 31 yards this week and hit a total of 7 times in the pocket. His lone touchdown came during a furious 10-point comeback in the 4th quarter to Taysom Hill. It was a blown coverage and miscommunication by the Vikings defense that allowed Hill to be open deep down the left side line for a 20-yard touchdown. Harrison Smith was tasked with covering Hill and tried to jump the route when he thought Brees was going to hit Hill on a 10-yard comeback. There seemed to be confusion on the outside by the Vikings on who had coverage and it resulted in an easy touchdown. That drive looked like vintage 4th quarter Brees and the entire stadium could feel the comeback. On the next drive, the Saints were setup with a 1st and 10 at the Viking 20 before an ill-timed fumble by Brees gave the Vikings the ball back. Brees also threw an interception in the 2nd quarter when he tried to take a deep shot down the middle of the field and Anthony Harris was able to go up and over Ted Ginn for the pick. Brees will have a long off season to contemplate what he wants to do next season with the Saints.
2019 Week 17 vs CAR (19 / 30 / 253 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Saints were hoping for a few more things to happen in other games this week so they could secure a first-round bye. That can be the only reason why they would leave Brees in so long when the game was a blow out before half time. He extends his own touchdown record by adding another 3 this week and staying ahead of Tom Brady on the all-time list. He missed on 11 throws this week and did not have quite the same chemistry with Michael Thomas as usual, but the most important part was he did not get sacked or hurt this week. Brees first touchdown went to Tre'Quan Smith when the score was already 21-0. It was an easy 1-yard throw but a great example of why he is such a great quarterback. Smith ran a route along the back of the end zone and through all of the traffic he came free after Brees made a small shoulder fake and got the defense to bite to the middle of the field. There was no one within 3 yards of Smith in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. His second score was a 21-yard strike up the seam to Jared Cook to continue the big tight ends bounce back this season. Brees put the ball perfectly to his outside shoulder and away from the defender for the score. His final touchdown came at a time when he had no business still being in the game. It was a short dump of pass to Taysom Hill in the flat on 3rd and 7. It should have just been an easy 1st down conversion, but Hill saw nothing but green when he turned up field. He followed a single block by a receiver 15 yards in front of him and poor pursuit by a defense that had given up at that point led to a 45-yard score and the end of Brees day. They did not get the results they wanted from other games and will play host to the Vikings on Wild Card weekend next week.
2019 Week 16 vs TEN (27 / 38 / 279 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
It was a less than spectacular start for Brees this week. The offense just could not move the ball in the 1st half and punted on 4 of their first 5 drives. They went 3 and out on 2 of those drives and there just looked to be no spark in the offense. It looked to be a let down game after everyone was chasing records last week. Then Brees connected with Jared Cook on a crossing pattern and the big tight end rumbled 61 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. It was the longest play of the game for the Saints and helped jump start an offense that woke up in the second half. Brees helped move the chains and manage the game while Kamara scored 2 touchdowns in the second half and then he struck again. Brees completed a long 23-yard play deep down the left sideline to Taysom Hill and then found Cook in the right side of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown on the very next play. It was a play action pass with Brees attacking the seam and fitting a ball perfectly between 3 defenders to Cook for the score. Brees would strike 1 more time in the game but it took 2 attempts to Thomas to get this touchdown. Originally it looked like a 14-yard touchdown to Thomas, but the play was reviewed and eventually overturned the with ball being spotted at the 1-yard line. A failed Latavius Murray run gave Brees and Thomas another chance on the next play. It was a short and sweat slant pattern for a 2-yard touchdown that gave Brees his 3rd touchdown pass of the game and the Saints a 10-point cushion. There looked to be a little bit of celebration hang over from setting records the week before but Brees settled into form and kept the Saints firmly entrenched in the second seed for the NFC.
2019 Week 15 vs IND (29 / 30 / 307 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was a truly special night for Brees this week against the Colts. The game plan was featured around him pushing the ball down the field and trying to set the all-time passing touchdowns record. Brees tied the record in the first half and looked to break it just before half time, but his third touchdown pass of the half was called back on a very soft offensive pass interference call. His first touchdown went to his favorite target in Michael Thomas. It was a 15-yard strike that split the safeties and was wide open after Brees used his eyes to look off the coverage. Thomas was able to sneak into the middle of the end zone up the seam for an easy first score. The second touchdown was a 21-yard pass to Tre'Quan Smith. It was another pass that attacked the middle of the field and Brees hit a leaping Smith just before the end zone for the score. The safeties learned from the Thomas touchdown but were playing too deep to come up and make a play on the ball this time. The third touchdown that was called back also went to Smith. Brees made a nice move on a blitzing defender and found Smith all alone in the end zone. He was flagged for offensive pass interference on the play on what looked like a very weak push off. The Saints settled for a field goal before half and Brees had to wait before setting the record. It was not a very long wait with Brees connecting with Josh Hill on the first drive of the second half. It was a 5-yard pass to Hill in the flat. It was a play action fake with the linebackers unable to get into the flat to cover Hill. Now with the record firmly in hand, Brees set his sights on finishing this game in style. On the very next drive, he capped the game off with a 28-yard touchdown to Taysom Hill. Brees hit Hill 20 yards down the sideline and Hill fought through 2 defenders for the last 8 yards and the score. It was the perfect icing on the cake for a masterful game by Brees. His only in completion was a broken play dump off to Latavius Murray who had stopped his route. It was an otherwise perfect day for Brees who is playing his best football down the stretch heading into a playoff run.
2019 Week 14 vs SF (29 / 40 / 349 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
It was like watching vintage Brees this week as he carved up the 49ers defense to the tune of 5 passing touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown just for good measure. His favorite target continues to be Michael Thomas with 15 total targets, and he is finally using Jared Cook in the red zone with 2 touchdowns this week. Brees kicked things off with a touchdown on the opening drive to Cook. It went for 38 yards deep down the right side to his big tight end. He caught the ball 18 yards down the field and was able to run through a very poor tackling attempt from the 49ers defense for another 20 yards and the score. The second touchdown also went to Cook but came at the expense of his health. Cook made a diving 26-yard catch in the end zone but his hit in the head by a 49er defender. Unnecessary roughness was called on the play and the Saints elected to go for 2 and ultimately failed on the play. The scoring onslaught continued with a 3rd consecutive touchdown drive and a 20-7 lead. Brees found Josh Hill for a 3-yard touchdown. It was a 1-yard throw to Hill who had lined up as a fullback into the flat. The defense bit on the play fake to the inside and Hill was able to beat his linebacker in coverage the last 2 yards into the end zone. The next drive ended with a rare 1-yard rushing touchdown for Brees. Brees went up and over the line and extended the ball just over the goal line for the score to cap off a 12 play 84-yard drive. The Saints did not punt until late in the 2nd quarter and despite the offensive success, went into half time trailing 28-27. The Saints then played a very shaky 3rd quarter before Brees got back into a rhythm and scored 2 more touchdowns in the 4th. A 21-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas got the Saints to within 2 at 42-40 and was a beautiful throw to his favorite target. Brees hit Thomas on an out cut in stride with enough room to turn up field and score the touchdown. The pass went for 14 yards and he ran the last 7 yards untouched into the end zone. After a 49ers field goal, the Saints had to score a touchdown. With 1:00 left on the clock, Brees found Smith across the middle on a shallow drag route. From there is was poor tackling and a spin move by Smith to cap off an 18-yard touchdown. The ensuing 2-point conversion failed and left the door open for the 49ers to win it with a field goal. Brees gave the Saints everything he had this week and it was not enough as the defense failed to make a pivotal stop on the final drive of the game. There is still a lot left to play for and Brees has a good matchup against the Colts next week as they try and get back in the win column.
2019 Week 13 vs ATL (18 / 30 / 184 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a rather quiet game for Brees with the Saints utilizing Taysom Hill and a crushing defense for the win this week. He was held to under 200 yards passing for the first time this season outside of his injury shortened game against the Rams. He has struggled against the Falcons this season with 2 of his 3 lowest yardage totals coming against them and only a single touchdown in 2 games. Brees did not work the ball down field in this one and worked to get the ball out of his hands quickly to compensate for his starting right tackle being out with injury. At one point in the game they showed he was averaging 2.2 seconds from snap to ball being caught by a receiver and that is a great way to avoid taking any sacks. The lone touchdown pass for Brees went to Taysom Hill on a shovel pass that Hill took in motion and off the right side for a 3-yard touchdown on the Saints first offensive drive of the game. Brees was able to find his big tight end down the field for a 40-yard pass and the longest play of the game for either side. The Saints have a tough test next week against San Francisco that will play a big role in playoff seeding and there is no reason to try and rest Brees yet. His hand looks healthy and he is still well rested after missing several games and should be good to go for the rest of the season.
2019 Week 12 vs CAR (30 / 39 / 311 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Saints are trending in the right direction after a brief slip up against Atlanta 2 weeks ago, and a lot of that has to do with Brees and the offensive line play in front of him. He was sacked twice this week and only hit 4 times. He seemed to have all the time he needed to find Thomas open down the field and he carved the Panthers defense to the tune of 311 yards. The first passing touchdown of the game went to Tre'Quan Smith for 13 yards after Carolina muffed the punt and gave the Saints great field position. It was a play action pass that fooled the entire defense. Smith ran right up the seam and found himself wide open in the corner of the end zone when the linebacker jumped up on the plat action fake. From there it was an easy throw for the score. The second touchdown went to Jared Cook for 20 yards. The big tight end ran an out and up route that got the defender to bite just enough to create separation. It was not a very pretty route, but it was effective. There was no safety help over the top and it made for another easy touchdown. After a Carolina field goal pulled the game to within 6, Brees responded with a 3-yard touchdown to Thomas. After a long 20-yard pass to Cook and a 30-yard run by Kamara, Brees found Thomas on a slant across the middle for the 3-yard touchdown. Thomas ran through the traffic in the end zone and broke free of his coverage for another easy score. The only mistake Brees made all day was an interception thrown to Tre Boston. Brees tried to take a deep shot to Smith and Boston was back in coverage for the pick at mid field. The Panthers drove for a game trying touchdown before Brees eventual game winning drive. The interception almost proved costly, but Brees rallied and led the Saints to victory.
2019 Week 11 vs TB (28 / 35 / 228 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
There were a lot of things that went right for Brees and the Saints this week but the biggest change from their let down loss a week ago was he did not get sacked a single time this week. Untimely sacks derailed drives last week and that was the biggest area they cleaned up against the Buccaneers. Brees connected with Michael Thomas for the first touchdown of the game after an interception of Jameis Winston. Thomas ran a wheel route underneath Ted Ginn who was running a slant. The defense jumped Ginn's route and Thomas was wide open for the easy 16-yard score. The second touchdown went to Jared Cook for 3 yards in the back of the end zone. Brees dropped back and threw the ball high off his back foot to Cook in the back corner of the end zone. Cook had to go up and over his defender to make the catch and was able to hold on to the ball as he went hard to the ground. It was a pass that was either going to be caught by Cook or go out the back of the end zone. His third and final touchdown went to Ted Ginn after Tampa Bay had pulled within 10 points. The touchdown pass was setup by a 41-yard catch and run by Thomas down the sideline. The 6-yard touchdown pass to Ginn came across the middle after he settled into a small void and Brees zipped the pass into a small window. After the touchdown, 2 Tampa defenders looked at each other and seemed to ask who was supposed to be covering Ginn. It was an all-around good game for Brees with 3 touchdown passes, no turnovers, and no sacks.
2019 Week 10 vs ATL (32 / 45 / 287 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was a very odd game for Brees this week. He completed 71% of his passes, had 152 yards on 13 catches go to his top receiver, but was unable to find the end zone or move the ball at all in the second half. He was harassed by a relentless Atlanta pass rush and found himself sacked 6 times for a loss of 46 yards. He did not throw an interception or fumble the ball but did turn it over on downs one 3 consecutive drives to end the game. He had several chunk plays go to Thomas, Cook and Kamara but none of them were able to find the end zone. He targeted each of his top 3 options 10+ times but had very few points to show for it. Brees missed connecting with Ginn on all 3 attempts and did not get Smith involved in his first game back in the lineup. This was not the game that any one expected and opens the door for a big matchup in 2 weeks against a surging Carolina team that pushed the Packers to the brink this week. Brees will get another great matchup next week against Tampa Bay to try and get things back on track. His longest pass play went for 22 yards up the seam to Cook and there were no real shots down the field.
2019 Week 8 vs ARI (34 / 43 / 373 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After watching Teddy Bridgewater lead the Saints to a 5-0 record in his absence, Brees had seen enough. New Orleans could have easily held him out this week in favor of Bridgewater and given his thumb another 2 weeks to heal, but Brees showed everyone why it is his team and that he was ready to lead it again. Brees finished with more than 300 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in what looked to be a tune up game for him. He connected on a 15-yard pass to Latavius Murray in the flat for his first touchdown. It was a simple 3-yard check down pass that his running back turned up field and ran in for the score. His second touchdown was a 5-yard out route that went to Taysom Hill. Brees found Hill for an easy score between defenders and had all the time in the world to throw the ball. His final touchdown went to Michael Thomas and put the game out of reach for Arizona. It was a simple drag route across the middle of the field that Thomas caught for 5 yards and then spun and powered his was in for the last 4 for the touchdown. Brees threw the ball a lot this week as the Saints ran 72 offensive plays with almost 2/3 of them being passes. Brees made one mistake on the day when he tried to force the ball to his full back on a deep wheel route. He over threw Line and Patrick Peterson came down with an acrobatic interception. Outside of that play, Brees looked like his old self and ready to lead the team that has emerged as a favorite in the NFC. His thumb will get a week to heal while the Saints are on a Bye before taking on Atlanta in week 10.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (3 / 5 / 38 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Continuing with the theme of not being the game that everyone was expecting, Brees had a very rough outing. On the first drive of the game he gave up a fluke interception where it looked like Jared Cook had come down with the catch before the ball was jarred loose by a big Eric Weddle hit and landed on top of a few bodies on the ground before being picked up by John Johnson. Brees was then hit in the hand by Aaron Donald on the next series and his day was done. He remained dressed on the sideline with a wrap on his hand for the rest of the game, but it was reported that he could not grip a football and never got the chance to come back in. Brees even had his helmet on when the teams came back out after half time, but he did not see the field. There is no current time table for his return.
2019 Week 1 vs HOU (32 / 43 / 370 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The legend of Drew Brees continues to grow with every late 4th quarter comeback. The first half was rough for Brees as he threw an uncharacteristic red zone interception and only managed to put 3 points on the board before half. The interception came when the pocket collapsed and Brees scrambled to his right before trying to find Murray in the flat. The play was read perfectly by the defense that knew he was not a threat to run the ball and the linebacker was able to drop back in coverage for the interception. Brees made up for it later with his 2 touchdowns and the game winning drive was only 35 seconds left. The first touchdown came to Taysom Hill and was an easy read up the middle. Brees dropped back and found his quarterback/tight end across the middle for the score. The second touchdown came on the first play of the 4th quarter to TreíQuan Smith and was because Brees fled the collapsing pocket and created more time for himself, Brees was able to find Smith open after the receiver saw his quarterback in trouble and worked back towards him in the end zone. Brees let loose a low pass that only Smith could catch by going into a slide. In the 4thquarter, Brees hit Ginn for 41 yards on a 3rd and 2 play, and moved the ball 35 yards in 30 seconds to setup the game winning field goal. Look for Brees to have another big year in the high powered Saints offense.
Latest NewsSaints | Coach expects Drew Brees back in 2020 (Sun Jan 12, 02:01 PM) - New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees is expected to talk with head coach Sean Payton Monday, Jan. 13, and Payton said he expects Brees to be the Saints quarterback next season. Our View: The Saints have some big decisions this offseason. Brees is a free agent and so are backups Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. After the loss to the Vikings in the Wild Card Round, Brees declined to comment on whether or not he would continue playing football. Over 40-years old Brees is clearly not the same player he used to be.
link to story Saints | Drew Brees mum on his future (Mon Jan 6, 01:01 AM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees declined to make any comment on his future in the wake of the team's Wild Card loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Jan. 5. Our View: The Saints have some interesting decisions in front of them. With the team failing to make the most of their Super Bowl window, one has to wonder how much time they have left with Brees. The veteran superstar turns 41 later this month and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
link to story Saints | New Orleans loses Wild Card game (Sun Jan 5, 04:38 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees went 26-for-33 for 208 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card playoff game. QB Taysom Hill completed a 50-yard pass, rushed for 50 yards on four carries and caught two passes for 25 yards and one touchdown during the game. RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 21 yards and one touchdown on seven carries and caught eight passes for 34 yards. RB Latavius Murray rushed for 21 yards on five carries. WR Michael Thomas caught seven passes for 70 yards on eight targets. TE Jared Cook caught five passes for 54 yards on five targets, while WR Ted Ginn Jr. caught one pass for 18 yards on two targets. Our View: The Saints just couldn't stop the Vikings offense down the stretch. There was a potential non-call on Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph when he pushed off to score a touchdown in overtime, but so many other opportunities slipped through the Saints fingers on Sunday. It's another disappointing end for the Saints in the postseason. The Saints are now the first team in NFL history to have six straight playoff eliminations by one score and the second team since the Packers from 2013-15 to be eliminated in three straight postseasons on the final play of the game.
link to story Saints | Drew Brees hitting his stride (Fri Jan 3, 09:32 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw 15 touchdowns and zero interceptions during four December games, throwing at least three touchdowns in all four contests. link to story
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