2017 Grade: .695
2017 3rd Down: .425
Week 1 at Minnesota: New Orleans shortcomings at every level of the roster, besides the backfield, showed up again on Monday. Lack of protection and the loss of a game-breaking receiver be damned, Brees was sharp again. His accuracy was supreme, he carried out his fakes like the professional he is and dropped some absolute seeds in this game. His stats weren’t gaudy because they couldn’t run the ball or protect, and we’re constantly behind the chains – but that’s what this site is all about, separating the quarterback from his team’s performance.
Week 2 vs. New England: Everyone knows how great Drew Brees is, but his surrounding cast makes him an afterthought. His touch and timing on rhythm routes is still the best in the business. He’s rarely off-target and has an exceptional trajectory to his deep passes. He has just five negative plays on 59 registered drop backs this season. Unfortunately, for this team, that’s still too much.
Week 3 at Carolina: Drew Brees has just seven negative plays on 88 drop backs this season. He carved up the Panthers using all levels of the field, with a variety of pass catchers, from a number of different formations. His accuracy and deception are deadly and he continues to play the position at an elite level week-in, and week-out.
Week 4 at Miami (London:) Drew Brees does so well in this project for two reasons: 1.) He never makes any mistakes (nine negative plays out of 122 drop backs) and, 2.) He hits on the shot plays built into the structure of the offense. His quick release mitigates the pass protection issues the Saints currently have and his accuracy sets his receivers up for big gains after the catch. At 38, he’s still a top shelf quarterback.
Week 6 at Detroit: When the Saints run the ball effectively, there is no stopping this offense. Brees doesn’t make mistakes, and his attention to detail makes the play-action game as deadly as any in football. With all the defensive scores, Brees was able to play close to the vest and be a distributor more than a game-breaker. Brees has been extremely consistent this year. His game scores are: .700, .621, .793, .706, .655.