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New Orleans Saints Not Doomed if Drew Brees Gets Injured

ESPN ranked the back-up QB situation across the NFL, and the Saints have depth.

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ESPN ranked (Insider required) the back-up QB situation for all teams across the NFL. The rankings were based on a combination of quality and quantity, with a proven back-up who could handle the job if needed in an emergency, and a young, learning QB with potential. This fit the New Orleans Saints back-up situation to a "T," so it's no surprise to see them ranked #9:

Luke McCown filled in for Drew Brees for a game last season and was terrific, completing 81.6 percent of his 38 attempts. He's a steady veteran backup for Brees, while 2015 third-round pick Garrett Grayson serves as a developmental prospect. Coach Sean Payton is a talented QB tutor who should help Grayson improve in his second year.

Interesting enough, the New England Patriots came in two spots ahead of the Saints at #7, with most of the focus on Jimmy Garoppolo (who the Saints defense just held to 0 passing touchdowns in the preseason opener).

The Philadelphia Eagles came in #1 with former New Orleans Saints backup (and Drew Brees celebratory handshake partner) Chase Daniel and 2016 2nd overall pick Carson Wentz behind Sam Bradford. Across the NFC South, the Panthers are ranked #4, Bucs #5, and Falcons #17.