METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Drew Brees has two years left on his contract giving new draftee Garrett Grayson time to learn and not start right away. And he's fine with that.
"As a competitor I want to play right away, but that's something I said through the process and everything. I told all the teams I met with I have no problem with sitting and learning from a guy like Drew Brees," Grayson said. "I looked at Aaron Rodgers and the success he had sitting behind Brett Favre. I think that's helped him out a ton. I have no problem taking that route. Hopefully coming behind Brees we won't miss a beat."
For now Grayson is just focusing on the playbook and getting over the fact that he plays with Brees.
"He introduced himself to me and I went up and said 'holy cow that's Drew Brees.' It's like the deer-in-headlights kind of thing. It's a dream come true because I'm learning from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time," Grayson said.
What he's learned from Brees so far has paid off. The head coach likes what he sees.
"I would say it's been impressive," said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. "He's a quick decision maker, he's got good arm strength. He's got athleticism, he's in shape. You guys will get a chance to see him soon at practice, but he's been real effective."
Grayson is the highest drafted quarterback in the Sean Payton era. Previous high was the 7th round, when they drafted Sean Canfield.