New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is known for spreading the ball around in an explosive offensive system during his tenure with the team. Brees completed passes to 13 different receivers last season and five of that group registered 50 or more catches.
The Saints also have a stable of running backs in the backfield including four returning runners (Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Chris Ivory) and undrafted free agent Travaris Cadet. Ten players, including Brees and backup QB Chase Daniel, carried the ball last season with six players averaging more than four yards per carry.
The depth on the offensive side of the ball is just crazy! Most of the offense remains intact, so there are many reasons to expect the same fireworks this year that took place in 2011.
Three wide receivers remain: Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore. The departure of Robert Meachem to San Diego provides an opportunity for other players to step up and show off their skills including Adrian Arrington and Joseph Morgan among others.
Brees’ two favorite weapons from last season, Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles. Graham set a franchise record by catching 99 passes and set the yardage mark for a tight end with 1,310 yards before being surpassed by Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski. Sproles set the NFL single-season all-purpose yardage mark with 2,696 total yards on the ground, through the air and on special teams.
Sproles was able to have so much success because of his hard work and ability to cause mismatches with opposing defenders. Expect more of the same this season.
Brees knows that it will be a team effort to enjoy the success the black and gold reached last season, setting numerous club and league records. “We know this – the 53 guys that made it deserve to be here,” said Brees. “They worked their tails off to have this opportunity. We’re going to need everybody down the stretch. That’s for sure.”