METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints players know by now that with Drew
Brees at quarterback, one doesn't have to play receiver to rack up
a lot of receptions.
So far in 2011, tight end Jimmy Graham has a team-leading 32
receptions, while running back Darren Sproles is second with 31.
In their victory over Carolina on Sunday, the Saints reminded
future opponents that they are just as likely to throw to running
backs when they need a key first down or a touchdown. Of Brees' two
touchdown passes in the game, the first went to fullback Jed
Collins and the second went to running back Pierre Thomas, who also
happens to rank fifth on the squad in receptions with 14, ahead of
Devery Henderson and Marques Colston.
Brees says that keeps defenses off balance.