Stat of the day
Saints QB Drew Brees has posted 35 games of 350 passing yards or more, ranking first in NFL history. Dan Marino and Tom Brady are tied for second with 27 games apiece.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Bucs found at least one defensive starter from their draft class.
Year Pos. Rd. Player
2013 DT 4 Akeem Spence
2012 S 1 Mark Barron
2011 DE 1 Adrian Clayborn
2010 DT 1 Gerald McCoy
In the past four seasons, Brees leads all NFL quarterbacks in attempts (2,499), completions (1,701), passing yards (19,661) and touchdown passes (156). “Drew’s an amazing competitor,” Bucs backup QB Dan Orlovsky said. “He’s seen everything and he has an amazing belief in himself and his teammates.’’
Quote of the day
“It’s a different animal we’re facing this week.’’
Bucs rookie CB Johnthan Banks, comparing Saints QB Brees to Jets rookie Geno Smith
Bucs CB Michael Adams (knee) and TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) and G Carl Nicks (foot) were limited, while FB Erik Lorig (calf) participated fully.
For the Saints, three players did not practice: S Isa Abdul-Quduus (ankle), NT Brodrick Bunkley (calf) and DE Tyrunn Walker (knee). Everyone else had at least limited participation.
Sunday: New Orleans, 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 22: at New England, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29: Arizona, 1 p.m.
Oct. 6: Bye