Brees enjoying chance to mold Saints’ young receiver group (1 Viewer)

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Brees enjoying chance to mold Saints’ young receiver group

By The Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees’ top three receiving targets this season range in age from 23 to 24. None has played more than two NFL seasons and one is a rookie.

They way they’ve been playing is helping the Saints’ 37-year-old quarterback continue accumulating elite passing numbers.

Now in his 16th season, Brees said one benefit to having such a young receiver group is that they don’t know any other way of playing receiver in the NFL “except the way that we are molding them and teaching them.”

“I love that,” Brees added. “That is perfect.”

Of course, young players still have to be talented and have good instincts — and it has become apparent that Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead all do.

“All those guys … are good football players and the guy pulling the trigger — he’s big-time,” said Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose club hosts the Saints on Sunday. “He knows how to utilize all of those guys.”


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