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After Further Review: Brees shines in OTA #6

Drew Brees had a fantastic practice for the Saints. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Encar) Drew Brees had a fantastic practice for the Saints. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Encar)
METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

I’ll go cliche to begin my OTA #6 report: reports of Drew Brees’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. The 37-year-old Brees was as on-point as ever Thursday. He went 8-8 in two team periods with uncanny accuracy and flawless execution. He seemed to be a step ahead of the defense that was trying their best to confuse him with different looks. For this stage of the offseason, it was good to see Brees and a lot of the younger receivers/tight ends on the same page. It feels like they’re a little ahead of the curve of what their actual time together would suggest they should be.

Brees Route Breakdown:

  1. Coby Fleener- deep out.
  2. RJ Harris- seam route.
  3. Brandon Coleman- nine/go route.
  4. Michael Thomas- out & up route, adjustment at the line.
  5. Fleener- opposite seam.
  6. Marcus Murphy- back shoulder on the sideline.
  7. Willie Snead- shallow cross.
  8. Harris- wide receiver screen.

Other Observations:

-Welcome to the show, R.J. Harris. The undrafted product was the most impressive wide receiver with several big catches (his name is mentioned twice above), including a one-handed grab down the sideline on a pass from Garrett Grayson.

- Hard to ignore the excitement Brees seems to have for new wide receiver Michael Thomas. On play #4 described above, Brees said he made a signal to a route they had never repped before and Thomas picked up on it and ran the route perfectly. Of all the qualities a young receiver can have, being in the in the right place at the right time is without a doubt number one.

-Grayson shook off a lackluster start to team drills to complete some nice passes later in the drill.

- Cam Jordan returned to action Thursday and received his most extensive work of the offseason.

- In an otherwise tough day for the defense, Nick Fairley had a great practice. By my count, he would have had two sacks and was very disruptive.

- Andrus Peat was at left tackle today with both Terron Armstead and Zach Strief out.

- Brandin Cooks and Jairus Byrd spent the afternoon off to the side working with trainers. Keenan Lewis was able to do some individual drills.

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