Saints: Drew Brees will make preseason debut against Jets
That’s right. You’ll get to see future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees make his preseason debut in Week 3 against the New York Jets.
While still unnecessary, the New Orleans Saints will be getting Drew Brees some preseason reps.
After sitting out both the first two preseason games, a loss against Minnesota and a win against Los Angeles, Brees, who has been active on the sidelines supporting the team, will likely see at least one drive against the Jets.
The prediction is he’ll see most of the first quarter and maybe the first drive of the third quarter.
John DeShazier, a senior writer for the Saints, is predicting that Brees sees the entire first half and then a few drives in the third unless executing flawlessly throughout the opening quarters which would be an excellent debut for Brees.
Now 40, there’s no need to get Brees these extra reps. Like with Michael Thomas, Brees has his spot on the roster solidified. He will be the Saints starting quarterback in Week 1 barring any extreme injury in the next few weeks.
Even with star quarterbacks, these preseason games are meant to shake the dust off the cleats and get some real action in without any consequences. While training camp gets them in the football mindset, this preseason game will sharpen Brees mentality just in time for the season’s commencement.
However, the real stars of the show will be behind Brees. His backup quarterbacks, Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater, are engaged in the NFL’s most heated and intriguing backup battle. Both have had stellar performances to open the preseason.
While it seems the edge is to Hill right now, there’s really no telling how the pendulum will swing within the next few weeks. The more traditional quarterback, Bridgewater may need to shine after a lacking Week 2.
There’s also an ideology that head coach Sean Payton will use his backup quarterback more with Brees aging, hoping to keep him fresh long into the season. So, while this matter may seem meaningless to some, it could end up being highly important for New Orleans.
Brees will get to show off his cannon, but the Saints show will continue even as he steps off the field.