New Orleans won its second consecutive preseason game after losing its previous 10. And other defenders will want to go with the player or players that have been in the mix of day to day practice rather than the potentially good incoming rookie.
That is a tough blow for a team already licking its wounds from the shutout loss in New Orleans.
Brees was 11 of 15 for 76 yards but could only lead the Saints to one scoring drive, which ended with a 26-yard field goal by Wil Lutz.
Here are some of the observations of Sports Director Doug Mouton from Thursday's joint practice with the Houston Texans.
Neither Mark Ingram nor Adrian Peterson broke a long run in their 2017 preseason debut on Saturday night, but for both New Orleans Saints running backs, the results were secondary. KRTK-TV will have the local telecast in the Greater New Orleans area.
J.J. Watt and Jadevon Clowney have become the best set of DE's on one team in the league and we've not seen much of them together on the field.
"I gave him my perspective", said Brees.
"You know, knowing the type of quarterback Drew is, if you're open, he's gonna throw it to you".
There's a friendly competition amongst the defensive front on who can get to the quarterback first. "It's just something that I've always been interested in doing, and I was finally able to do it". So when I'm out there, I'm just trying to take advantage of those opportunities. When Watson visited the Big Easy before, the former Clemson star arrived to be praised as he accepted the Manning Award as the nation's top college quarterback the past two years. Ingram gained only 9 yards on four carries - though he did add two catches for 11 yards.
But Peterson never looked entirely comfortable in the passing game while wearing purple. The Vikings will soon find out.