The Saints marched to 3-0 in the preseason by systematically dismantling the Indianapolis Colts 23-17. Preseason Week 3 saw the return of Drew Brees to game action, as well as other story lines that make us here at cover 32 New Orleans very excited for the regular season to start.
Here’s what we learned:
5.) Drew Brees is freakin’ good
Ok, so we didn’t necessarily learn that on Saturday. But since we hadn’t seen Drew Brees in game action since last season because of that lingering oblique injury, it was nice to see him tear up the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brees completed nine of his 15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns – including a stellar touch pass to Marques Colston in the back of the end zone. Any questions about Brees’ ability to come back from that nagging oblique are now banished, and the Saints are on track to take a rolling offense into Atlanta in Week 1.
4.) Marques Colston isn’t done yet
Speaking of Colston, it looks like the silent assassin is back to his old self. He was dealing with a few injuries last year, but being the strong-silent type Colston never really let on about how much he was hurting.
However, he’s been very vocal about how healthy he is this year.
Colston recorded two receptions on four targets for 25 yards and the touchdown on Saturday, but overall he looked much more smooth through his breaks than he did most of last year. Assuming he can continue to stay healthy, he’ll be a very solid leader for the Saints young receiving corps and provide Brees with a safe, trusted target on third downs.