Drew Brees enjoying full arsenal of veteran targets

New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints

Metairie, La. - Marques Colston was rusty Monday, according to Sean Payton, but on Tuesday, Drew Brees was enjoying the return of Colston and a full arsenal of his usual veteran targets.

The following is Brees' media session after practice, as transcribed by the New Orleans Saints:

Lance Moore expressed his disappointment in the offensive performance in the two-minute drill today and how it went on offense?

"Yes. We want to score every time. When we don't, we're upset, period."

He said that he should've had that ball on fourth and long.

"Yes. It could've been a little bit better throw, but I know that's the type of guy he is. He feels like he should make every play like that if it touches his hands. There is a little more to be desired than what he left out there, so we have some work to do."

Is this the kind of competition that builds a team? Will Smith comes in here and says it was good to make you uncomfortable and win some every now and then.

"Yeah, it's back-and-forth at times. You love that competitiveness, it's what makes us all better. You try and create as much of a game-like scenario as you can. That way, once you do get into a game, there is a comfort level that you've been there."

Does this feel like a game week with your first preseason game on Friday?

"Yes. It's going to be here before you know it. Going from a Saturday scrimmage to a Friday game, we're all excited. We're ready to get in the dome and put the pads on for real and go out there and start watching the team come together, watching some of these young guys perform and seeing how they might fit into the picture."

Did you get a sense for the challenges for Curtis Lofton of being a leader but also being a new guy on the team?

"I've been extremely impressed with Curtis's approach and his work ethic. Just his attitude and his style of play, he's our type of guy. Last year obviously I wasn't here during the offseason so I wasn't here to see that. Coming here into camp, I think we all felt like we had a lot of catching up to do. He was in a position last year where he's switching teams and it's a new defense. Once again we have another new defensive coordinator this year. In the last three years he's had to learn and run three different defenses. He's definitely had a challenge switching teams- new defense, new scheme, new group of guys, all those things. I think he's handled it very well."

You've had that challenge of being a leader, but you're on a new team.

"Yes. I think, first and foremost, you definitely have to prove yourself. You have to prove that you can be an impact player on the team, that you're a guy who guys will listen to and follow. So much of it in the beginning is leading by example. Guys see what you do more than do what you say. Actions speak louder than words."

How does the intensity with Rob Ryan and Sean Payton compare to last year with neither of them in camp?

"Last year was an apparition. It was a different time with all the situations that had taken place. This year, just knowing that we've got everybody here, this is our team. Nobody's missing. This is the team that can accomplish great things and there's a lot of work that needs to be done. Here's our window of time to bring it together. We know there's going to be tough times, (and) we know there's going to be adversity. Build that attitude, build that chemistry, and get ready to make a run at it."

What are your thoughts on Johnny Manziel and should college players be able to cash in on their own image and likeness?

"It's certainly not an easy position that he's in, being a Heisman winner and then going back to school. You could say for the most part that guys win the Heisman and they're off to the NFL and all of the opportunities and exposure that comes along with that. Very rarely does it come when an underclassman wins it and then goes back to school. You're the ultimate celebrity at that point. Listen: there's a responsibility that comes along with being the Heisman winner, whether you like it or not. It's like being a professional athlete or being someone who is in the public eye. You're a role model whether you like it or not so I think there is responsibility you have to accept. He's 20 old, (and) he's going to make mistakes. I think in this day and age with camera phones and everything else it's not like he can just go out and have a good time and it's not going to be recorded or documented. I think with maybe the reputation that he now has, unfortunately, things are going to get spun against him a lot. So you know what? That stinks. But unfortunately that's reality. I don't know the guy; I've never met him. I really can't say anything more than that other than I see the situation he's in and those are the factors. We know what a big business NCAA football is. Those football programs make a lot of money for those schools. In fact, in a lot of cases, they fund all the other athletic programs. Along with that comes certain celebrity with players and there's opportunities, but there's rules in place that prevent you from being able to go and profit off of that. You're a student-athlete, and you have amateur status…you're not a pro yet. (At Purdue) I wasn't profiting off of that, but somebody was. Your name is on the t-shirts, your number is on t-shirts and everything else. I guess it's part of you earning your scholarship. That's probably up for discussion. I think it is hard for some student-athletes, depending on where you are, your background, and what school you go to, to have your own place and to feed yourself based upon your scholarship check. I think our scholarship check when I was at Purdue was maybe 400 bucks a month. My rent was $300, so was $100 enough for food over the course of a month without getting help from your parents? Probably not, but not everybody has that benefit or that luxury. So that's probably something that should be looked at."

Can you tell us about Steve Breaston?

"It's only been a day and a half really. He's a veteran receiver in this league. He was part of a pretty prolific offense there in Arizona with Kurt Warner and (Anquan) Boldin and (Larry) Fitzgerald and they made that Super Bowl run. He's used to that element in that type of system. You can see he's got some talent and a lot of ability to play inside and outside. He's got size and catches the ball well. He looks like a good worker, so I look forward to getting some time with him."