Reports confirm that quarterback Drew Brees will indeed sit out for the New Orleans Saints‘ final contest of the 2014 NFL Preseason against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night. The news really comes as no surprise as Week 4 is usually the time teams rest their starters to keep them healthy for the beginning of the regular season. However, a series or two for the veteran gunslinger would have been understandable since he only appeared in the third game after missing the first two weeks with an oblique strain.
When Brees did suit up against the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday, he showed why extended playing time was unnecessary, completing 9 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. It was a classic case of Drew being Drew. It only took a couple of plays to shake the rust off before he found his rhythm.
With number 9 sidelined tonight, Luke McCown has been given the go-ahead to start. Ryan Griffin will come in there sooner or later to add his argument to the backup quarterback conversation. The competition between the two is getting pretty intense. McCown seems to be ahead in the race due to his proven reliability as an experienced veteran, but young Griffin, a fan favorite from New Orleans’ own Tulane University, is certainly putting up a fight.
“RG4″ hopped aboard the struggle bus in Indy last week, but the blocking along the offensive line was not at all helpful. McCown was not all there either, completing only 30% of his passes. With Brees riding the bench tonight, the battle for backup remains a heated competition. There is still a chance that Sean Payton decides to keep three quarterbacks on the final roster, but that can’t be promised. McCown and Griffin are “frenemies” tonight.