COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and Drew Brees have not been teammates since 2005 but the bond between the two still remains strong. The quarterbacks are sharing a field as the Los Angeles Chargers host the New Orleans Saints for practices for the third straight year. The two teams will work out again Friday before their second preseason game Sunday. "It's always fun to see Drew. We were telling stories out there from 15 years ago. It's amazing how time flies," Rivers said. "Not only is he a friend and a guy you shared a QB room with, he's the all-time leading passer. It is pretty special." Brees was drafted in the second round by the Chargers in 2001 before Rivers was taken in the first round three years later. Brees helped mentor Rivers before signing with New Orleans in 2006. Since then, Rivers has gone on to start every game for the Chargers and Brees led the Saints to a championship in 2009. The two have remained close friends. Besides getting their usual work in … [Read more...] about Close friends Brees and Rivers get to share practice field
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — It's one thing to throw passes as accurately as any quarterback ever has, which the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees arguably does. His pinpoint control was even documented in a "Sport Science" episode in which Brees' ability to hit a target compared favorably to that of an Olympic archer. Yet Brees attributes his record career and single-season completion percentages to far more than his ability to throw passes wherever he wants. And he is also quick to stress that he can't do it alone. "We work at it. It takes an entire group and it starts with the guys up front, goes to the receivers catching the ball, tight ends, backs, everybody in protection and running routes and timing," Brees said. "I mean, there is so much that goes into that." Brees takes time during or after virtually every practice or even offseason workout to help receivers and blockers see the field the way he sees it, to help them understand how he's inclined to act when the approach of a … [Read more...] about Saints’ Brees awed teammates again with completion rate
DALLAS – One look at Ian Book as an eighth grader was all Terrance Leonard needed. “He had the best footwork and quickest release that I had seen,” Leonard recalls in a telephone interview with IndyStar. “I realized he was a future star.” This was about seven years ago, at a private workout in the fledgling days of TMP Elite, the 7-on-7 football program Leonard founded in Sacramento. More than 100 TMP Elite products have since gone on to play at the FBS level, including four that have reached the NFL. Armani Watts, a 2018 draftee of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the latest, joining Joe Mixon, Ahkello Witherspoon and Hardy Nickerson Jr. Book, however, will always be one of “Coach T’s” all-time favorites. Q&A: How offensive coordinator Chip Long is preparing for Clemson D Reinventing Ian Book: 'Tell me why you can't be Drew Brees?' “Ian was a natural,” Leonard says. “We made zero mechanical changes. We fit like … [Read more...] about How Ian Book’s personality helped him go from backup QB to Notre Dame MVP
BATON ROUGE – Rare is it when an NFL head coach can go to a Starbucks, go to a Subway, board a plane in a major airport, land in another airport and return home without being Tweeted, Facebooked, Instagrammed, Pinterested, Tumblred (They still have that one?), scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered, capped and topped (The last two are not the same thing at Waffle House.). But Saints coach Sean Payton did just that last Monday when he went up to Fort Collins, Colorado, and worked out Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson. “It just so happened that there was nothing on our workout with him,” Payton said Friday night after drafting the 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback with the 11th pick of the third round and 75th overall. “And that was not a stealth move on our part. No, don’t give me that much credit. It just happened to not be out there. There was nothing written about it.” And Payton and his staff are voracious readers, social … [Read more...] about Have the Saints found the next Drew Brees?
METAIRIE — If Drew Brees maintains his recent form through the bulk of this season, the record-setting Saints quarterback could wind up having one of his best years yet at the age of 39. Brees' completion rate is 80.6 percent through the first three games — high even by his standard. But is it sustainable? "I don't see why not," Brees said. "I mean, listen, it's not easy." No, he's just made it look that way. Brees began the season 78 completions behind Brett Favre's record of 6,300 and needed barely more than two games to set a new mark — now 6,326 and counting. Brees has completed 104 of 129 passes for 1,078 yards and eight TDs with no interceptions. This after he set the NFL record last season for completion rate at 72 percent. And he'll likely break Peyton Manning's record of 71,940 yards passing within two more games. He's 417 yards away from that mark. While Brees is pleased by his statistical production, he said he measures his performance more by the … [Read more...] about Saints’ Drew Brees doesn’t see why 18th season can’t be among his best