Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) following a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Ravens defeated the Saints 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
It is now the final day before black and gold football returns, Who Dat Nation! We’ve come a long way in two weeks to get down to the last player on my Top 15 players heading into the 2014 Saints season. My final selection for the New Orleans Saints 2014 Player Ranks: No. 1, Drew Brees (a no-brainer)
2013 Highlights & Notes
- Played and started in all 16 games
- 2013 Pro Bowl selection – Team Captain
- 446/650, 5,162 yards, 39TD-12INT, 104.7 QB Rating, 52 rushing yards, 3 rushing TD
- Played in 98.6% of team’s offensive snaps (1,111 of 1,127 snaps)
- #6 in Top 100 NFL Players
- PFWA All-NFC
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 4, 8 and 17)
- FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 4, 8, 10 and 17)
It’s hard to say much else about Drew Brees that already hasn’t been said a thousand times. Drew is the staple, rock, and foundation of the New Orleans Saints. He’s quite simply in a league of his own when it comes to playing quarterback. We cannot praise Drew enough, and never could imagine where this team would be without our quarterback, our leader, our hero. Could you imagine if Brees could play for another ten years and still be just as effective as he is now? Scary thought.
As for the football side of things this year, it’s going to be very interesting to see if Drew Brees will eclipse another 5,000 yard season, something that just hasn’t been accomplished in the modern era of professional football. Brees has his familiar toys back, and then has some brand new ones (Brandin Cooks) to work with. Just when you think Brees will beat you with Jimmy Graham, he’ll feed it to Marques Colston. Brees will spread the ball around to whoever is open, and that bodes well for the Saints in 2014. There’s little to no doubt that this will be another Top 5 offense this season with Drew at the helm.