Saints QB Brees to start preseason game vs. Jets

Field Level Media

August 21, 2019 at 6:15 pm.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will start Saturday’s preseason game against the New York Jets, coach Sean Payton announced Wednesday.

Brees also received his lone preseason work last year in the third game when he completed 7 of 9 passes for 59 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The 40-year-old veteran is No. 1 on the all-time list with 74,437 career passing yards. He needs 563 more to become the first signal-caller in league history to reach the 75,000-yard milestone.

Brees is No. 2 on the all-time list for passing touchdowns with 520, only 19 behind Peyton Manning.

He passed for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions in 15 games last season, setting a single-season record by completing 74.4 percent of his passes.

Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater were under center for the Saints in Sunday’s 19-17 preseason win over the Chargers.

Bridgewater completed 5 of 12 passes for 40 yards and an interception before being replaced by Hill, who went 11 of 15 for 136 yards with two touchdowns while chipping in 53 rushing yards on five carries.

Hill led a nine-play, 50-yard drive to set up Wil Lutz for the game-winning 28-yard field goal with 1:05 remaining.