Brees missed some spring practices while dealing with a lawsuit against a California jeweler, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Given his wealth of experience in coach Sean Payton's offense, Brees shouldn't be impacted by a few missed practice sessions in May and June. He's once again set up with an excellent situation, as the Saints replaced Mark Ingram with Latavius Murray and added pass-catching tight end Jared Cook to replace Benjamin Watson. The team lost starting center Max Unger to retirement, but acquired two potential replacements with upside in free-agent signee Nick Easton and second-round pick Erik McCoy. With Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk locked in at the tackle spots, Brees should still be well protected as he looks to rebound from a modest finish to the 2018 campaign. A healthier season from Ted Ginn and continued development from Tre'Quan Smith could lead to a more balanced passing game that isn't as dependent on quick passes to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
Brees agreed to restructure his contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
The move clears up $10.8 million in cap room as the Saints attempt to re-sign backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and add tight end Jared Cook. Kicking the can down the road with Brees' contract is an annual tradition, with the team presumably resigned to taking a large dead cap charge whenever the 40-year-old quarterback retires. Brees won't have Mark Ingram (Ravens) by his side in 2019, but the addition of Cook would more than make up for the loss in terms of pass-game value.
Brees plans to continue his football career, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. "I feel pretty positive," Brees said Sunday. "I plan on being here next year and making another run at it."
Brees had a tough time against the Los Angeles defense in the late stages of the NFC Championship Game, but he still came within one blown call of reaching the Super Bowl for a second time. He enjoyed one of his better seasons in 2018, establishing a new career-high mark for passer rating (115.7) while breaking his own NFL record for completion percentage (74.4). The 40-year-old is still a reliable fantasy starter, though his utility has dropped off the past two seasons with the Saints often relying on their running game and defense to obtain victories. Backed by a strong offensive line as well as Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, it's probably an easy decision for Brees to play another season. The team might rely on its passing game a bit more if Mark Ingram finds a new home in free agency.
Brees completed 26 of 40 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Saints' 26-24 overtime loss to the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. He also lost two yards on two rushes.
Brees showered plenty of attention on Alvin Kamara, hitting his dynamic running back on 11 occasions for 96 yards. The Rams did an excellent job taking away Michael Thomas after the third-year wideout eviscerated them in their regular-season meeting, limiting Brees' downfield options overall. However, if not for one of the most controversial non-calls in recent postseason history -- a would-be pass interference on the Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman against Tommylee Lewis that would have given the Saints a key first down deep in Rams territory late -- Brees may well have been the quarterback representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. The multi-time Pro Bowler ends what was yet another stellar season on a disappointing note, one in which he generated a 32:5 TD:INT and threw for 3,992 yards.
Brees completed 28 of 38 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception during the Saints' 20-14 divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on three rushes and fumbled twice, recovering one himself.
The future Hall of Famer's day couldn't have started off any worse, as he was intercepted by Cre'von LeBlanc on a deep throw down the middle intended for Ted Ginn on his first pass of the day. However, it was much more trademark Brees from that point forward, as he completed 28 of his subsequent 37 attempts, with 12 of his completions and 171 of his yards going to Michael Thomas. Brees also connected with Thomas for a two-yard score to cap off an outstanding 18-play, 92-yard march that took up 11:29 of the third quarter, a throw that was preceded by a two-yard hookup with Keith Kirkwood in the second to begin the Saints' comeback from an early 14-0 hole. Brees will now look to repeat the feat in what could be an offensive showdown for the ages versus the Rams in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Brees (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
It was revealed a couple days earlier that Brees wouldn't play in Week 17 with the Saints having secured the NFC's No. 1 seed in the postseason, but it wasn't known whether or not he would dress as the backup to fill-in starter Teddy Bridgewater. Brees' place on the inactive list ensures that Taysom Hill will work as Bridgewater's top understudy.
Teddy Bridgewater will replace Brees as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Brees led his team to the No. 1 seed in the NFC and can now get some rest before the divisional round of the playoffs. He'll finish a season with less than 4,000 passing yards for the first time as a member of the Saints, but he more than made up for it with 8.2 yards per attempt, 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions, not to mention a new single-season NFL record for completion percentage (74.4). Brees is the only threat to prevent Patrick Mahomes from winning an MVP award.
Brees acknowledged Tuesday that there's "no doubt" he'll cede snaps to backup Teddy Bridgewater in the Saints' regular-season finale Sunday against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
New Orleans has already sewn up the No. 1 seed in the NFC, so there's no real incentive for the team to play its starters extensively and risk losing a key player to injury ahead of the postseason. With that in mind, it's expected that coach Sean Payton will follow a similar blueprint to those he followed in 2006 and 2009, when the Saints were locked in as the Nos. 2 and 1 seeds, respectively, heading into Week 17. Brees played only one full series in 2006 and sat out entirely in 2009, so at the very least, it seems unreasonable to bank on him staying in for more than a quarter of action this time around. Bridgewater thus projects as the better fantasy play among the two signal-callers this week, given that he'll likely see the overwhelming share of snaps.
Brees completed 27 of 39 attempts, compiling 326 passing yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-28 win against the Steelers.
No quarterback had experienced a more drastic drop off than Brees over the past three weeks, as the 18-year veteran ranked as QB31 between Weeks 13 and 15, compared to a QB3 standing between Week 5 and Week 12. Brees had averaged fewer than 180 passing yards per game over his last three outings coming into Sunday, with a 2:3 TD:INT ratio to his name over that span. While he failed to throw multiple passing touchdowns for a fourth straight game during the Saints' win over Pittsburgh, Brees eclipsed 300 passing yards for the sixth time this season, posting his first QBR north of 83.0 since lighting up Philadelphia for 363 yards and four touchdowns Nov. 18. With the Saints having already clinched the No. 1 seed throughout the NFC playoffs, Brees may be pulled early, if he suits up at all against Carolina's bottom 12 pass defense in Week 17.
Brees completed 23 of 35 passes for 203 yards and an interception in Monday night's 12-9 win over the Panthers. He also had a two-point conversion attempt intercepted.
Brees and the Saints did enough to get another victory, but it was by no means a vintage performance from the quarterback. In fact, Monday marked the third straight game in which Brees averaged under 6.5 yards per attempt, and even though his 203 passing yards were actually his most over that recent stretch, it still evidences his slide in production of late. Along with having a two-point conversion attempt returned for two points the other way, Brees' first-half interception gave him a pick in four straight games. That comes after he threw just one interception through New Orleans' first 10 outings. With no touchdowns Monday, either, Brees certainly had a forgettable display by his lofty standards and will aim to improve Week 16 versus the Steelers.
Brees completed 24 of 31 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Saints' 28-14 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a yard (but scored a TD) on three carries and lost a fumble.
Brees churned out yet another pedestrian stat line, but a combination of defense and an effective enough rushing attack helped lead the Saints to victory anyhow. The perennial Pro Bowler did hit Zach Line for his one touchdown pass, and he reestablished his prolific connection with Michael Thomas to the tune of 11 completions for 98 yards. Brees has now failed to throw multiple touchdown passes in back-to-back games for the first time this season, a matter he'll look to rectify against the Panthers in a Week 15 Monday night divisional showdown.
Brees completed 18 of 28 passes for 127 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Saints' 13-10 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday. He also rushed once for two yards and fumbled once but recovered.
It was a historically poor night for the future Hall of Famer, whose first-half yardage total was the lowest of his career. Brees was seemingly kept off balance throughout the night by a suffocating Cowboys defense that limited him to his lowest YPA (4.5) of the season. Even his normally prolific connection with Michael Thomas was considerably muted, as the Pro Bowl receiver managed just 40 yards on five receptions. Brees did look like himself on a 30-yard scoring strike to Keith Kirkwood late in the third quarter, but he ultimately sunk any chances the Saints may have had with a back-breaking interception at the 2:08 mark of the fourth quarter. Brees will look to take his frustrations out on a vulnerable Buccaneers secondary in a Week 14 matchup on Dec. 9.
Brees completed 15 of 22 attempts for 171 yards, four touchdowns and one interception during Thursday's 31-17 victory over Atlanta.
Brees committed his second turnover of 2018, but remains in possession of an absurd 32:2 TD/INT ratio as he marches towards a potential MVP award (amazingly, would be the first of his prolific 18-year career). Atlanta did an admirable job in containing Brees to 7.8 yards per attempt, but he connected on two short touchdown passes (from five and 12 yards out to Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr), as well as two more from outside the red zone (20-plus yard hookups with Tommylee Lewis and Dan Arnold). It's a much more prohibitive matchup forthcoming in Week 13, opposing a Cowboys defense that's allowed the 11th-fewest points per game to quarterbacks in standard scoring.
Brees completed 22 of 30 passing attempts for 363 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 48-7 victory over the Eagles.
The Saints were held to a field goal on their first drive of the day, but Brees was unstoppable after that, leading six touchdown drives on the way to a blowout win over the defending Super Bowl champs. The 39-year-old made beautiful throws the whole contest, but perhaps none was better than his last touchdown throw of the game that hit Alvin Kamara in stride down the sideline for a 37-yard catch-and-run. Brees and the league's hottest offense have an extremely favorable schedule down the stretch and throughout the fantasy playoffs, starting with a Thanksgiving home game against Atlanta in Week 12.
Brees completed 22 of 25 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns and added three yards and a touchdown on two carries during Sunday's 51-14 win over Cincinnati.
After picking the Bengals apart for much of the afternoon, Brees got in on the action himself in the final minutes of the third quarter, leaping over the pile for a one-yard touchdown run. It was his third of the season, already tying a career high for rushing touchdowns in a season. In the passing game, there was concern as to how New Orleans' offense could keep pace without much depth at receiver, considering free-agent acquisition Dez Bryant's (Achilles) season ended about as quickly as it started. The Saints and Brees look like they'll continue marching along just fine with a bonafide WR1 in Michael Thomas and the talented pass-catching duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in the backfield. The two combined for seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Brees takes on a struggling Philly pass defense in Week 11 with an other-worldly 21:1 TD:INT ratio on the season and multiple touchdowns and no interceptions in seven of nine games.
Brees completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 346 yards and four touchdowns during Sunday's 45-35 win over the Rams. He also carried four times for 16 yards.
Brees completed 69 percent of his passes and connected with seven different receivers while averaging a healthy 9.6 yards per attempt. He threw short TD passes to Alvin Kamara, Tre'Quan Smith and Ben Watson in the first half before delivering a 72-yard score to Michael Thomas late in the game. Though Brees threw his first interception of the season last week, this outburst gives him an 18:1 TD:INT through eight games. He's also on pace for nearly 4,500 yards yet again and will look to continue his outstanding campaign next Sunday against the Bengals.
Brees completed 18 of 23 passes for 120 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings.
Brees was gifted with excellent field position on multiple change of possessions, resulting in season-low passing yardage, despite walking away with a victory. The ageless signal caller completed 78 percent of his passes, which shockingly was only his fifth-best mark through seven games this year. Brees should be far more active Sunday against the Rams, who have a high-octane offense and a secondary that can be exposed at times.
Brees connected on 22 of his 30 pass attempts for 212 yards and two touchdowns (the 500th and 501st of his career) during Sunday's 24-23 win over Baltimore. He added three yards on four carries.
Brees was stymied for much of Sunday afternoon but threaded a 5-yard slant pass to Michael Thomas for a game-winning touchdown with five minutes remaining in the game, part of New Orleans' 17-point fourth quarter. The fact that Sunday can be viewed as a so-so game for Brees is a testament to his continued dominance. The veteran passer has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in five of six games this season and boasts an absurd 13:0 TD:INT. He continues to be among the most reliable passers in fantasy, particularly with matchup next Sunday against a Minnesota defense ranked 27th in the league in opponent passer rating at 103.1. Minnesota might be lucky to hold Brees to its season average, as a 103.1 rating would be Brees' second-worst game of the season.
Brees completed 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 43-19 win over the Redskins.
Brees' performance saw him become the NFL's career leader in passing yards. In spectacular fashion, Brees broke the record on a 62-yard touchdown to rookie Tre'Quan Smith, who would finish the night with two scores. After not throwing a touchdown Week 4, Brees rebounded in a big way Monday, sending the Saints into their bye week on a high note.
Brees completed 18 of 32 passes for 217 yards without a touchdown or turnover in Sunday's 33-18 road win over the Giants.
Brees was nowhere hear his best, failing to throw a touchdown while squandering numerous red-zone opportunities. Still, he methodically led the offense down the field and controlled the clock, helping set up a three-touchdown day for running back Alvin Kamara. Brees has displayed consistently better results at home in the last few seasons, so he should be able to get his mojo back Week 5 with the Saints returning to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to host the Redskins.
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|2003||San Diego Chargers||11||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2004||San Diego Chargers||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2005||San Diego Chargers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2009||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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