The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers conclude their week of joint practices with a meeting on Sunday afternoon in LA. More and more teams are taking advantage of joint practices every year and getting a great deal of benefits out of them. Drew Brees has said that they are more valuable than preseason games and it’s hard to argue against that.
Preseason games mostly just go through the motions without showing much on film. Both the offenses and defenses show vanilla formations, while teams go through the gauntlet in training camp. In any event, the preseason is a nice time for fringe guys to show that they can perform when the bright lights are on.
With that in mind, preseason games should be treated like the Super Bowl for players trying to earn a contract. You can’t make a living playing football without making a team, which automatically takes the Super Bowl out of the equation. By about next week, coaches have a pretty good idea of who they are keeping around for the regular season.
Sean Payton has said that he wants to give his starters some more time in Week 2 of the preseason. That’s consistent with what most teams do this week. Drew Brees did not take a snap last week, but is expected to at least get one series against the Chargers in this one. Teddy Bridgewater started and played well, as did their Swiss Army knife, Taysom Hill.
Bridgewater passed for 134 yards on 14-of-19 passing with a touchdown and no interception. He played well last preseason as well, showing that he is over that devastating knee injury he suffered with the Vikings. With some more strong showings, he is going to be in a QB battle for a starting position somewhere in the future.
Not in New Orleans as long as Brees doesn’t retire, however. Taysom was solid with 80 yards on 8-of-14 passing and a touchdown and interception. His legs are what make him a dynamic player in the Saints’ offense. Along with his effectiveness through the air, he also rushed for 45 yards against the Vikings.
Bridgewater and Hill will see a lot of snaps in this game, while that role is going to be filled by Tyrod Taylor and Cardale Jones for the Chargers. There are some solid backup options in this game, so it could make for at least a watchable game on Sunday. Head below for our free Saints vs. Chargers pick in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason.
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If Brees does in fact get some action against the Chargers this week, the Saints have a pretty terrific quarterback rotation to work with in this contest. And it will allow for Bridgewater to go deeper into the Chargers depth chart. He was playing against the starting Viking defense for a series in Week 1. Brees would be taking care of the first stringers this week, while Bridgewater gets to feast on backups behind him.
Bridgewater has shown that he can be more than competent against backup defenders. In Minnesota, Bridgewater was the clear starting quarterback and was dancing around defenses before the unfortunate injury. Backup defenses at this point in his career should be really easy to him. Even if Brees sits this one out, Bridgewater is going to be active enough in the game to see the second-team.
Despite solid play from Bridgewater and Hill last week, the defense was shaky for the Saints. The Vikings sliced through their defense with ease, as the third and second teams got worked for big yardage. Kirk Cousins, Kyle Sloter, and Sean Mannion all tossed touchdown passes on their defense.
Philip Rivers did the same as Brees last week by sitting down in the first week of the preseason. Neither of these guys need to take a snap in a game and they should be ready to go in the regular season. Anthony Lynn has already stated that Rivers will not be playing this as well. However, Tyrod Taylor has starting experience and should be able to operate effectively against the Saints. Backing up Tyrod in this one will be former Buckeye, Cardale Jones.
Jones has been involved in just one regular season game, which came back in 2016 against the Bills. He threw for no touchdowns and an interception with only 96 yards. The Chargers didn’t give him many looks last week, throwing for 47 yards on 4-of-6 passing.
Easton Stick, who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 draft, threw for 78 yards on 7-of-11 passing last week. Expect most QB’s in this game to be able to put drives together. If three quarterbacks have quality games, which I believe happens, then this is likely going to get OVER the total.