Brees needs more help from his receivers

August, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

With just a little bit of help from his friends, Drew Brees would have completed better than 70 percent of his passes last year.

Brees completed 67.5 percent (440 of 652) last season to finish third in the league in that category. Only Tom Brady (68.9 percent) and Chad Pennington (68.8) were better. But Brees easily could have topped both of them if his teammates held onto a few more passes.

According to STATS, the Saints dropped 41 passes last season. They finished second to the New York Giants, who dropped 42 passes that should have been caught. Thirty-seven of New Orleans' drops came on balls thrown by Brees. Receiver Devery Henderson and running back Reggie Bush tied for third in the league (along with Washington's Santana Moss) with 10 drops each. Indianapolis' Dallas Clark and Cleveland's Braylon Edwards tied for the league lead with 12 drops each.

Henderson's drops were especially troubling because he was only targeted 42 times. That could impact his job security when rosters are cut down. Marques Colston and David Patten are the top two receivers, and young players Robert Meachem and Adrian Arrington could move ahead of Henderson.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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