Brees excited about new 1-2 punch in running game

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Drew Brees, Tim HightowerDrew Brees is all about winning, and the Saints quarterback is thrilled about the addition of Adrian Peterson to his offense and how that can help his team reach its goals in 2017.

Appearing on “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio Thursday morning, Brees could not hide his excitement on last month’s signing of Peterson, the NFL’s active leader in career rushing yards.

“Everybody is very excited to the element he can bring,” Brees said. “We’re talking about the guy who led the league in rushing two years ago. To see him walk into the locker room got a lot of people excited.

“I think Mark Ingram is one of the best all-purpose backs in the league and he’s been great for us the last few years. I think he is right in his prime as well. To add that 1-2 punch with an Adrian Peterson, I think that gives us the opportunity to take our run game to a whole new level. What that opens up for an entire offense, it’s exciting to think about the possibilities.”

Brees realizes the potential for an explosive running game could cut into his passing numbers, but that doesn’t matter.

“The QB wants to win!” Brees said. “If that means handing it off to these two horses, I’m all for it.”
Brees enters the 2017 season – his 17th in the NFL and 12th as a Saint – with 66,111 career passing yards, third-most in NFL history and 5,829 behind all-time leader Peyton Manning. A healthy Brees figures to pass Manning early in 2018.

“There’s other things that are more important to me right now,” Brees said of the potential of the career recorc. “I feel very fortunate to been able to have play this game for as long as I have, to be around the people and the coaches who have put me in that position, to even be close to something like that.

“Would that be significant, would that be important? Yes, but that’s not my priority right now.”

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane; since then, he has remained involved in college sports. He works in television production of many college sporting events and served briefly as managing editor of New Orleans Metro Sports Magazine. Lenny also served for 11 years on the management…

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