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http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2015/05/garrett_grayson_new_orleans_sa.html

Drew Brees stayed late after practice on Saturday afternoon, watching two receivers enthusiastically zip around the New Orleans Saints indoor facility.

The receivers just happened to be two of his young sons.

"He's baby-sitting," said coach Sean Payton with a smile. "His kids love running around here."

Brees' appearance at Day 2 of the Saints rookie minicamp gave him a chance to meet new quarterback Garrett Grayson for the first time.

Grayson, selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, could one day be Brees' successor -- although that day probably won't come until at least 2017.

Grayson, 23, said he was awestruck at meeting the man coaches hope will become his mentor.

"He introduced himself to me. When I went up and met him, it was like, 'Holy cow, that's Drew Brees,'" Grayson said. "It's still kind of like the deer in the headlights. It's a dream come true for me to be able to have this opportunity to learn from one of the best quarterbacks of all time."

Grayson was one of three quarterbacks at the minicamp this weekend, but the only one who is signed. Payton said he was pleased with the other two tryout players -- Tennessee's Justin Worley and Hawaii's Taylor Graham -- who helped make up what he said was one of the best quarterback groups he's ever had in a minicamp.

As for Grayson, Payton said his debut was "impressive."

"He's a quick decision maker," Payton said. "He has good arm strength, good athleticism and he's in shape. ... He's been sharp. He's a quick study and very accurate."

Grayson said he's studied Brees carefully, even more so after being drafted by the Saints, but he's hesitant to compare himself to the 14-year NFL veteran.

"It's kind of hard to compare yourself to a guy that's going to be in the Hall of Fame," Grayson said. "If people want to compare me to him, I am totally fine with that. I hope I can be half the quarterback that he's been."

For now, that's all he will need to do. Although nothing has been set in stone, it's likely that Grayson will be headed to the No. 3 spot on the quarterback depth chart with Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin competing to be Brees' backup.

"As a competitor, I always say I want to play right away," Grayson said. "But that's something I said through the process. I told all the teams I met with, I have no problem sitting and learning from a guy like Drew Brees."

One thing he's already learning from Brees is the importance of a quick release time. After breaking and then re-breaking his collar bone, Grayson said he has had to fight the tendency to over-compensate on his release.

"It's been tough at times. You get back in the habit when you're trying to put more zip on the ball, you get more of a wind-up," he said. "It's something I'm still trying to fix. Just the last couple days, watching some film on Drew, seeing how quick his release is, that's something I'm getting ingrained in my mind. It's almost like he's throwing darts out there. He's been so great. That's something every day I'm just trying to work on."

Grayson and Brees just said hello on Saturday. There will time for football talk later.

"He was out there with his kids," Grayson said. "I got to see him just be a normal person, I guess. That was really fun for me."

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This was you...fetal-man.jpg

...right after this...drew-brees.jpg

Actually, I had no vested hate in the Saints at that time. Remember where I'm from there's no regional rivalry between NO and Cinci My hated team was the 9ers. I remember fondly sweeping the Saints seemingly annually, if anything I felt pity for them back in the day.

When Brees lifted the Lombardi, I felt like 'If they can do it so can we' There wasn't any annomosity towards the Saints, who let's face it up until '06 were our whipping boys. I had no problem until certain arrogant Saints fans dooshed their way to hated status.

Strike Two!!!

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Actually, I had no vested hate in the Saints at that time. Remember where I'm from there's no regional rivalry between NO and Cinci My hated team was the 9ers. I remember fondly sweeping the Saints seemingly annually, if anything I felt pity for them back in the day.

When Brees lifted the Lombardi, I felt like 'If they can do it so can we' There wasn't any annomosity towards the Saints, who let's face it up until '06 were our whipping boys. I had no problem until certain arrogant Saints fans dooshed their way to hated status.

Strike Two!!!

Well, congratulations sir!
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Actually, I had no vested hate in the Saints at that time. Remember where I'm from there's no regional rivalry between NO and Cinci My hated team was the 9ers. I remember fondly sweeping the Saints seemingly annually, if anything I felt pity for them back in the day.

When Brees lifted the Lombardi, I felt like 'If they can do it so can we' There wasn't any annomosity towards the Saints, who let's face it up until '06 were our whipping boys. I had no problem until certain arrogant Saints fans dooshed their way to hated status.

Strike Two!!!

Pick up your pants, your panties are showing.
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Actually, I had no vested hate in the Saints at that time. Remember where I'm from there's no regional rivalry between NO and Cinci My hated team was the 9ers. I remember fondly sweeping the Saints seemingly annually, if anything I felt pity for them back in the day.

When Brees lifted the Lombardi, I felt like 'If they can do it so can we' There wasn't any annomosity towards the Saints, who let's face it up until '06 were our whipping boys. I had no problem until certain arrogant Saints fans dooshed their way to hated status.

Strike Two!!!

that was your first mistake

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send Luke packing

Ryan and Grayson

we have been very fortunate Brees has been incredibly healthy

other that the abdominal that hampered him early last year

and the shoulder that sent him our way from the Chargers

(biggest free agent signing deal in NFL history)

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