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Drew Brees sees a lot of himself in Browns rookie

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quarterback Baker Mayfield.And then some."I think he can be a lot better than me New Orleans Saints Hats ," the New Orleans Saints star said Wednesday.A fellow Texan, Brees has never met Mayfield but he's tracked his playing career from afar and has been impressed by virtually everything he's seen from the Heisman Trophy winner, now waiting his turn to play in Cleveland. Brees, who will face the Browns on Sunday, loves Mayfield's competitiveness and playmaking ability, and believes he can develop into one of the NFL's top quarterbacks."He's got all the tools," said Brees, who could pass Peyton Manning and Brett Favre this season on the career list for yards passing. "He's more athletic. He probably can run around better. He's got a stronger arm. He's got all the tools."Brees would know. Now in his 18th season, the 39-year-old has been defying preconceived opinions about quarterbacks and proving people wrong from the moment the Chargers drafted him in the second round in 2001.Too short. Too slow. Too this. Too that. It won't say any of those things on his Hall of Fame bust.Brees has broken the mold on what a star quarterback is supposed to look like. And while he might not be able to look many of his QB peers in the eye, he's been able to make up for any physical limitations with other gifts."I don't know what it's like to be 6-foot-5 because I never will be 6-5, never have been 6-5," Brees said. "But I'll say it like this: If every one of you closed your eyes, all of your other senses would be heightened, your sense of smell, your sense of hearing, all that other stuff. So maybe because I'm 6 feet, maybe there's certain things that I can't see as well, but for that reason, maybe I can hear it and feel it better because that's what I've had to do my whole career."You find a way to make up for it. You just get it done."By doing what he's done for nearly two decades, Brees has paved the way for Mayfield — and other smaller quarterbacks — to follow his footsteps.If not for Brees and his major success as a multi-year Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, it's unlikely the Browns would have taken a chance on Mayfield and drafted him first overall."I do take a lot of pride in that New Orleans Saints Womens Hoodie ," Brees said.Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech and again at Oklahoma, where he became one of the school's most celebrated players. And while he didn't have the strongest arm or best 40-yard dash time or some of the other physical attributes the other QBs in this year's class could boast, Brees said Mayfield has shown he can win."Well, at some point you just have to look at results, right?" he said. "So you have to let your mind go past the measurable — maybe how big a guy is or how fast he runs or that kind of stuff and just turn on the tape and does the guy compete? Does the guy make plays? Does the guy win football games? And obviously he's proven he can do all those things."When Brees broke in, he was a backup for Doug Flutie, another undersized QB who showed it's not just a game for big men. Brees watched Flutie excel at a high level and molded his game accordingly."I had a chance to learn from one of the absolute best in my opinion, especially when it came to just having to at times just make plays because of your size and maybe certain limitations," Brees said. "He would get the job done. So I had a chance to learn from a guy like that and I owe him a lot of credit. We call it the 6-foot and under club. All the 6-foot guys, we kind of know what it's like."We kind of have the chip on our shoulder 'cause we've heard it our whole life. I just kind of chuckle at it. Maybe it is something. Maybe it isn't. But it gives us an edge."Brees was asked if Mayfield is in the under 6-foot club."Well, is he 6-foot and under?" Brees said.He was told Mayfield measured just a shade over 6 feet."All right, well, that counts," Brees said. "He's in the club." Saints coach Sean Payton said it's too early to judge New Orleans' last-ranked running game.New Orleans managed only 43 yards rushing on 13 attempts in a Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, but Payton said that was more about the nature of a game because the Saints had to lean on the pass after falling behind. And though the coach was more critical of the running game following the Saints 21-18 victory over Cleveland, he stressed: "We're talking about one game here. We're not talking about a crisis."The Saints' surge to the NFC South title last season was fueled to a large degree by a rejuvenated running game that ranked fifth in the NFL.The addition of Alvin Kamara, who became the 2017 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, to Mark Ingram, who had his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, gave New Orleans an elite tandem.Heading into Sunday's game against Atlanta Womens Customized New Orleans Saints Jerseys , the Saints are averaging an NFL-worst 52.5 yards rushing during a 1-1 start.Ingram is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Falling behind early also has compounded matters for New Orleans. Payton has had to lean heavily on Drew Brees and wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has an NFL-record 28 catches through two games."We definitely miss Mark," Thomas said. "He adds value to this offense."New Orleans' 36 rushing attempts are third-fewest in the NFL, but the Saints also have struggled when they have run the ball, averaging only 2.9 yards per rush. That ranks second-to-last, ahead of only Tampa Bay.When Ingram's suspension was announced in the spring, Payton said the solution would not be to just give his carries to Kamara. Yet, Kamara's workload has increased. He has averaged 10.5 carries and 7.5 pass receptions after averaging 7.5 rushes and five receptions per game last season.The Saints spent much of the offseason, training camp and preseason looking for a complementary running back to Kamara.The turnstile of rushers hasn't worked out.New Orleans signed veterans Terrance West and Shane Vereen and drafted Boston Scott in the sixth round to join holdovers Jonathan Williams, Trey Edmunds and Daniel Lasco.West and Edmunds were released, Vereen and Lasco wound up on injured reserve and Scott was released and later signed to the practice squad.The Saints wound up signing Mike Gillislee after he was released by the Patriots at the end of the preseason and bringing up Williams after briefly placing him on the practice squad.After two games, Gillislee has 11 rushes for 27 yards and he lost a fumble that Tampa Bay returned for a pivotal touchdown in the Saints' 48-41 loss in the season opener. Williams has rushed just twice minus-1 yard.Payton said communication and blocking were the main issues against the Browns, who held the Saints to 62 yards on 23 rushing attempts."We just didn't run as effectively against (Cleveland) as we would have liked," Payton said. "It's one of those teams that's going to give you some tough run looks. There's just a number of things that we have to get cleaned up."Brees cited two important runs that helped the Saints rally from a 12-3 deficit in the fourth quarter.Kamara had an 18-yard run that started a touchdown drive which pulled them within two points. He also gained five yards on a third-and-2 to extend another touchdown drive that gave New Orleans its first lead."When we rushed better in the latter part help of the game it helped," Payton added. "When we review with our players where we stand in terms of what's important to winning and losing, (running effectively) certainly sits at the top."Notes: Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (foot), receiver Tommylee Lewis (knee) and linebacker Manti Te'o (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. ... The Saints listed three players as limited in practice: left tackle Terron Armstead (knee), receiver Ted Ginn (knee) and left guard Andrus Peat (ankle).


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