EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Drew Brees got in, marched down the field and got out.
It was a breezy preseason debut for Brees, who threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas to cap his only drive, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the New York Jets 28-13 on Saturday night.
“Any time you can go down and get points, get a touchdown, that’s good,” Brees said. “Felt like it was pretty efficient, for the most part. Wasn’t a big sample, right? I don’t even know how many total plays we ran.”
Just eight, actually.
“I was hoping to get 15 or 20,” Brees said, “but I know there was a plan to pull a few of us out after a short while and get some other guys work.”
Brees didn’t take a snap in the Saints’ first two exhibition games, but Sean Payton gave the 40-year-old quarterback a brief regular-season warmup in this one.
Alvin Kamara had a 25-yard catch on third down, and a 20-yard grab by Thomas two plays later got the Saints (2-1) down to the 23. On third-and-6, Brees found Thomas in the back-right corner of the end zone with a perfectly placed ball over cornerback Tevaughn Campbell’s head…