|ADP:||Round: 6, Pick: 2|
|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 209 lb.|
|Born:||January 15, 1979|
|Drafted:||2001 / Rd. 2 (32)|
Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for two yards and another score and also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Operating without Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness), Brees adapted like the future Hall of Famer that he is and tied his season high with an 80.6 percent completion rate. Brees also tossed multiple touchdowns for the third time in the last four contests, hitting Jared Cook and Deonte Harris for his pair of scoring tosses and adding a one-yard sneak early in the second quarter for his second rushing score of the campaign. Reports earlier in the day indicated both Thomas and Sanders could miss the Saints' Week 8 contest against the Bears as well, so the rapport Brees developed with the likes of Marquez Calloway (8-75) and Harris (4-46-1) on Sunday could pay dividends versus Chicago.
Brees completed 33 of 47 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers. He also scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak.
Analysis: Brees got off to another rough start, as he struggled to test the defense vertically in the first half. In fact, while trying to layer a longer-distance pass, Brees overthrew his target for an interception in the second quarter. To end that period, however, Brees got New Orleans on the board with a touchdown plunge of his own, then turned things up in the second half. Most notably, the signal-caller found Jared Cook for a 41-yard score to begin the fourth, before engineering game-tying and game-winning drives after. In doing so, he racked up season highs in attempts, completions and yards, consistently connecting with new wideout Emmanuel Sanders along the way as well. That developing chemistry paired with top target Michael Thomas' likely return offers reasons for optimism when Brees takes the field following New Orleans' Week 6 bye.
Brees completed 19 of 25 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 35-29 win over the Lions. He also recorded three rushing attempts for minus-3 yards.
Analysis: Brees was picked off on New Orleans' first offensive play, and the Saints found themselves down 14-0 by the next time they got the ball. It was all New Orleans from there, though, as Brees threw touchdowns of two and 20 yards to Tre'Quan Smith to put his team up 28-14 at the half. Those two passing scores coupled with a trio of rushing touchdowns provided just enough offense for New Orleans to avoid a third consecutive loss. Brees will hope to have No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) back for the first time since the season opener for a Week 5 home matchup against the Chargers.
Brees completed 29 of 36 pass attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' 37-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Brees turned in his best performance of the season, as the Saints went back and forth with the Packers in a thrilling Sunday night showdown. Despite the improved showing, Brees continued to rely on the short pass game, peppering Alvin Kamara with 14 targets on the evening and routinely checking the ball down. He'll get a good draw in Week 4 against the Lions, where he'll look to get the Saints back in the win column after two straight losses.
Brees completed 26 of 38 passes for 312 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday night's 34-24 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Brees was somewhat flat compared to his usual lofty standards. The Saints' passing game clearly missed top wideout Michael Thomas, often resulting in Brees dumping passes down to tailback Alvin Kamara. Although Tre'Quan Smith did rather admirably with some crossing routes and Brees hit Jared Cook for a six-yard touchdown, his accuracy waned on longer attempts downfield. The 41-year-old also threw an uncharacteristically poor interception right to a defender prior to halftime. While Brees did rack up some yards while facing soft coverage late, he'll still be eager for a much improved performance in Week 3 versus the Packers whether Thomas suits up or not.
Brees completed 18 of 30 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: While it was a disappointing yardage total for the veteran QB, Brees was sharp when he needed to be as the Saints built a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter. The New Orleans game plan remained focused on short passes -- half of his attempts went to running back Alvin Kamara or tight end Jared Cook, and both his TDs came in the red zone. Brees could be more productive in Week 2 against a Raiders defense that gave up 270 passing yards to his former understudy, Teddy Bridgewater, in its opener.
Brees focused on his arm strength this offseason while working with throwing coach Tom House, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.
Analysis: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Brees has completed only one pass that traveled more than 35 yards in the air since 2017. Part of that relates to personnel, strategy and his efficiency on shorter passes, but it also seems the 41-year-old quarterback is acknowledging that reduced arm strength has been a factor. The completion percentage king is hoping to complete more long throws in 2020, though his core group of pass catchers -- Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook -- is better suited to short and intermediate routes. The Saints do have Tre'Quan Smith as a potential deep threat to replace Ted Ginn, who signed with Chicago this past offseason. While there's been ample speculation 2020 will be his final NFL season, Brees has not yet decided if that will be the case.
Brees is re-signing with the Saints on a two-year, $50 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Brees made it clear he had no interest in joining a new team, so it was just a matter of working out contract details once he decided to play in 2020. The Saints will bring back most of their key players on offense, including Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Jared Cook and at least four out of five starters on the offensive line.
Brees announced he will return for the 2020 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Brees technically is on an expiring contract but already made it clear he won't play for any team besides the Saints, so it's only a matter of time until financial details are worked out. The Saints have most of their 2019 offensive nucleus under contract for 2020, including Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, Jared Cook and four out of five starters on the offensive line. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater is expected to search for a new team, potentially allowing Taysom Hill to step up to the No. 2 quarterback spot.
Brees said Saturday that he'll decide within "a month or so" whether he wants to play a 20th NFL season in 2020, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: After attempting 600 or more passes during a seven-year stretch from 2010 through 2016, Brees has taken on more of a caretaker role for New Orleans over the past three campaigns, but he's been exceptional in that capacity. Though he missed five games in 2019 after undergoing thumb surgery, Brees still led the NFL for the third straight season in completion percentage (74.3%) while generating 7.9 yards per attempt and a 27:4 TD:INT. An impending unrestricted free agent, Brees indicated he would only return to New Orleans in 2020 if he doesn't choose to retire, and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has already said that the team would "obviously" welcome the signal-caller back. In the event Brees decides to step away from the game, the Saints would head into the spring with no quarterbacks on the roster. Backups Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are also scheduled to hit free agency in March, though Hill is a restricted free agent.
Brees told NFL Network's Jane Slater that he'll re-sign with the Saints unless he decides to retire. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year," Brees said. "But when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint."
Analysis: Brees doesn't sound like a man on the verge of retirement, though a second Super Bowl ring might have pushed him in that direction. As is, the Saints are coming off an opening-round playoff loss to the underdog Vikings, sitting in good position to bring back most of the key pieces from a 13-3 team. Overthecap.com has the Saints projected for $11.8 million of cap space, but the number shoots up to $30.9 million if they cut CB Janoris Jenkins and LB Kiko Alonso. On the offensive side, Brees is joined by WR Ted Ginn, LG Andrus Peat and FB Zach Line with expiring contracts.
Brees completed 26 of 33 pass attempts for 208 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: He also lost a fumble. It was a bitter ending to the season for the veteran signal-caller, as the Saints have now been eliminated from the playoffs on the final play of the game for three straight seasons. Over the final four regular-season contests of 2019, Brees tossed 15 touchdowns without recording an interception, completing 75.4 percent of his passes and averaging 297 yards per tilt. The performance in the Wild Card loss certainly comes as a surprise based on that recent stretch, but Minnesota's defense was stifling all afternoon. Brees will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and the soon-to-be 41-year-old is not a lock to be back in New Orleans next season. Given his high-caliber play and veteran leadership, however, it wouldn't be surprising for him to ink another short-term deal.
Brees completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 253 yards and three touchdowns, losing a yard on one carry in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The longtime vet was at it again Sunday, delivering a flawless performance in the blowout victory. Brees finishes the year on a high note, after accounting for 23 total touchdowns to just one pick over the Saints' final seven games, throwing for at least three passing scores in six of those contests. After back-to-back heartbreaking losses in the playoffs, Brees will have at least one more postseason to lead his team to a Super Bowl before becoming a free agent in 2020.
Brees (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: As observed by Katherine Terrell of The Athletic earlier Thursday, Brees looked like his usual self, which was confirmed on the Saints' second Week 17 injury report. Coach Sean Payton noted Brees may have to wear a sleeve to alleviate some inflammation in his knee, according to Terrell. No matter, the issue won't impact Brees' ability to suit up Sunday in Carolina.
Brees (knee) is practicing Thursday as he normally would, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brees was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate. The development was the result of some inflammation in his knee, coach Sean Payton told Terrell, but the decision to include him on the report was merely precautionary. Considering how he looked in the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, Brees is a decent bet to upgrade to 'full'.
Though Brees was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate due to some inflammation in his knee, coach Sean Payton indicated that the QB is "fine," Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see if Brees is still listed as limited Thursday, when the Saints go through a full practice, but at this stage there's nothing to suggest that his status for Sunday's game against the Panthers is in any danger.
The Saints listed Brees as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report with a knee injury.
Analysis: New Orleans only conducted a walk-through session Christmas Day, but Brees' reps apparently would have been capped had the team held a traditional practice. In any case, the knee issue isn't believed to be anything that will truly threaten his availability for the Saints' Week 17 matchup with the Panthers. Currently holding the No. 3 seed in the NFC, New Orleans could still earn a first-round bye in the postseason with a win of their own plus a 49ers or Packers loss or a loss of their own plus losses by both the Packers and Seahawks. With that in mind, Brees isn't expected to be rested in the regular-season finale.
Brees completed 27 of 38 pass attempts for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.
Analysis: The ageless wonder continued his late-season surge, picking apart a competent Titans defense and leading the Saints to a win after falling behind 14 points early. Brees has been white hot as of late, accounting for 20 total touchdowns to just one pick across his last six games, going for 276 yards per game while completing 75.9 percent of his passes. In that span, he's failed to throw three touchdowns only once. The veteran signal-caller gets a chance to finish the season strong in an exploitable matchup with the Panthers in Week 17.
Brees completed 29 of 30 pass attempts for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.
Analysis: Brees became the all-time passing touchdowns leader Monday, finishing the day with 541 scores to his credit - two more than previous record-holder Peyton Manning. The historic 540th touchdown came on a five-yard strike to tight end Josh Hill midway through the third quarter. Brees also set the mark for completion percentage in a single game (96.7) on a healthy 30 attempts, adding another impressive note to his already-prolific resume. The 40-year-old quarterback continues to dazzle with his accuracy and decision-making, and he sports a robust 21-4 touchdown-interception ratio on 75.8 percent passing in 2019. He'll face a tough test in Week 16 as the Saints travel to Tennessee to take on an upstart Titans defense, though Brees should remain locked into fantasy lineups for that contest.
Drew Brees completed 29 of 40 pass attempts for 349 yards and five touchdowns, adding a one-yard rushing touchdown in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: Brees rebounded from last week's dud with an enormous stat line against one of the league's best defenses. He kicked off the scoring early, tossing three touchdowns to his tight ends in the first quarter before diving over the top of the pile on fourth-and-goal for his fourth score in the second quarter. As has been the case throughout his career, he came through huge in the fourth quarter, leading two more touchdown drives inside the final six minutes of the game, though some late heroics by George Kittle and an ill-advised facemask penalty ultimately cost New Orleans the win. The 40-year-old quarterback has still got plenty left in the tank, and he'll get a chance to keep the momentum going in Week 15 against a Colts team that was just shredded by Tampa Bay for 38 points.
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