Daniel completed 15 of 18 pass attempts for 198 yards and two touchdowns Saturday versus the Chiefs. He also carried six times for 47 yards in the 27-20 preseason victory. Daniel got the start as Mitchell Trubisky was rested and led the offense remarkably well. He connected with Kevin White on a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter and delivered a seven-yard strike to Javon Wims in the second. Daniel also led the team in rushing on the day, thanks to a 28-yard scramble and a couple of other nice gains on the ground. The journeyman backup will clearly play second fiddle to Trubisky this season, but this performance should instill a good deal of confidence in the coaching staff if he's thrust into action at any point. He'll likely play during next week's preseason finale against the Bills, but he could call it an early day if the organization decides to take a look at some of its other quarterback prospects.
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 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.
The Eagles released Daniel on Monday. After reuniting with former starting QB Nick Foles, the Eagles received a request from Daniel for his release, which has been approved. Daniel will thus seek out a situation in which he can compete for a top job, though another stint donning a headset and holding a clipboard may be in the cards.
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|13||12/02||@New York Giants||16||19.67|
|14||12/09||Los Angeles Rams||5||16.14|
|15||12/16||Green Bay Packers||13||19.00|
|16||12/23||@San Francisco 49ers||27||25.43|
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