WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VA (WVUE) - The Saints officially terminated the contract of troubled linebacker Junior Galette Monday, and on Thursday, the team will begin training camp in West Virginia with a roster full of new faces.
It has been a whirlwind offseason with significant trades, releases, free agent signings and a large rookie class, but Who Dat Nation can sleep easy knowing that Drew Brees is back under center.
The 36-year old Brees enters his 15th season in the NFL, and 10th with the Black-and-Gold. He threw for 33 touchdowns and just under 5,000 yards last fall, but did turn the ball over a bit too much, logging 17 interceptions and 5 fumbles. Brees always carries high expectations, and according to former Saints great Deuce McAllister, there is pressure on Brees to put this year's team on his shoulders with so many personnel changes.
"He is going to put a lot of pressure on himself anyway, regardless," McAllister said. "That's just how he competes. You know whether he is competing with himself or with the other 31 quarterbacks out there. He is going to compete. I do not think you have to worry about that to much. The question becomes can we get enough weapons around him to where he can be successful? Can we protect him where he can be successful? I mean so whether we change the offense and coach really admits it. Or whether we still are wide open and take advantage of situations. It is yet to be determined. It's all about what we do as an offense will determine okay we have another 3 years or 5 years."
The Saints report to training camp on Wednesday and kick off practices Thursday morning.
Live reports from West Virginia begin Wednesday and we'll have a special edition of Game Plan on Thursday at 10:35 p.m., wrapping up the Saints' first full day of practice, and looking at the overall expectations heading into this Fall.