Drew Brees is still a gunslinger
As mentioned many times, quarterback Drew Brees is entering the final stages of his illustrious, Hall of Fame career. However, that doesn’t mean his performance on the field has dipped at all. In fact, one could argue Brees hasn’t shown any signs of aging at all.
He has thrown for at least 4,800 yards for six straight seasons, including going for more than 5,000 yards four times (2011-13 and 2016). His numbers even improved from his previously last full season (2014) in 2016, a rare occurrence for quarterbacks Brees’ age.
The improvements included 348 more yards, four more touchdowns, two fewer interceptions and a 0.8 percent increase in completion percentage.
He also attains more and more weapons every year and 2017 may be the peak of it all. Despite the team trading star speedster Brandin Cooks this past offseason, Brees gained even more help.
Ted Ginn Jr., a veteran deep threat, comes over from rival Carolina. Michael Thomas, who will we get to later, is one of the best upcoming sophomore offensive players. Add in the second-day steal of hybrid back Alvin Kamara in the draft and the signing of All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.
Brees’ troupe is loaded, even if he doesn’t need that to be great.
An ever-improving franchise quarterback goes much further than any other impacting player. In today’s NFL, teams need elite quarterbacks to make the playoffs, and the Saints haven’t had to worry about that aspect since 2006.