Preseason game 3 an important 'dress rehearsal' for vets, rookies

Game three of the preseason is usually the most important game of all four exhibition matchups. It's the last time your "big-time" stars get major playing time.

For quarterback Drew Brees playing Indy has added significance since it's the only game he'll play this preseason.

"It is important, that's why I want to play well," he said. "I wanna get out there and feel comfortable. I feel like this week has been great. Just getting back out there and throwing the ball like I should. Now it's just time to take it to the game field. Go through this final dress rehearsal before the season.

Brees hasn't played in a game since January, when the Saints lost to Seattle in the playoffs. Seven months of no game action is a long time, but #9 isn't worried about any rust.

Anytime you have an injury that is directly related to you throwing, there's this ramp-up that takes place. Obviously I didn't want to push it too hard too fast. I didn't want to take any unnecessary chances with it. Just that progression each day where I can pick up the intensity, and then when you got here, you wanna know how it's feeling every throw. After while you say forget it, and just play ball."

This will also be Champ Bailey's first action of the preseason after sitting out with an undisclosed injury. Bailey is in a fight with Patrick Robinson for one of the starting cornerback gigs. The two will both get their shot Saturday to prove they're worthy of being in the first 11 on defense.

For some rookies and veterans, Saturday will be huge. On Tuesday, the roster will be cut from 90 to 75 players.

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