While it would probably make the fans feel much better to see New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leading the voluntary workouts this upcoming Monday, the team won’t be hurt by him not being there.
For one thing, even if Brees was there, it wouldn’t be too much involved in the process or routine of the workouts anyway. In fact the rules set forth for the workouts are the following for the first two weeks.
- Players are limited only to strength and conditioning, or injury rehabilitation. Strength coaches are the only coaches allowed to watch or otherwise be involved during this period.
- Quarterbacks can throw passes to receivers during this phase, but no defense is permitted. Otherwise, no footballs are allowed on the field.
- Players cannot wear helmets.
By looking at the rules, no offense will be implemented nor defense. It’s mainly about the players shaking just a bit of the rust off from their offseason.
And it’s not like it was over 20 years ago. Back then, most guys used workouts and even training camp to get in shape for the season. Not so now.