Daniel (ankle) was a full practice participant Friday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports. Daniel's quick return to full participation suggests he should be fine to back up Drew Brees on Monday. The Saints recently signed undrafted rookie Taysom Hill to serve as their No. 3 quarterback.
Daniel was limited in Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. This is the first report of Daniel dealing with an ankle injury, so the severity is currently unknown. The quarterback is slated to start the season as Drew Brees' primary backup, but if this injury keeps him out of the team's season opener against the Vikings, newly-signed rookie Taysom Hill would be the only other healthy option at quarterback on the active roster.
Daniel completed seven of 12 passes for 80 yards in Sunday's preseason win against the Chargers. Daniel looked steady, delivering some short passes that gave his receivers opportunities to turn upfield for big gains. The veteran, entering his ninth season, has yet to get any extended looks during his career, but finds himself in a familiar scheme in New Orleans. Drew Brees has been durable during his Saints tenure, but any time a quarterback gets up there in age, it doesn't hurt to keep tabs on his backup.
Daniel will likely start Thursday's preseason game at Cleveland, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports. There's an expectation Drew Brees sits out the Saints' exhibition opener, thereby handing the keys to the offense to Daniel. With just 78 career passes under his belt, Daniel has still completed 65.4 percent of them for 480 yards, one touchdown and one interception, which equates to an 81.1 quarterback rating.
Daniel signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@Green Bay Packers||8||13.00|
|9||11/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||16.00|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||13||16.00|
|15||12/17||New York Jets||30||24.50|
|17||12/31||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||60.0||59||0||0||4||0||2|