Drew Brees on the Jimmy Graham trade, C.J. Spiller's fit and the Saints' young receivers _lowres

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)


Some additional bits from Drew Brees’ appearance with Kristian Garic on WWL radio:

On the Jimmy Graham trade: “I think it shocked all of us. A lot of crazy things happen during the course of free agency for a lot of different teams. And unfortunately if you’ve been around long enough, you see some of things happen at times. If anything I think it shows the confidence our organization has in the young players, the young skill players on offense.”

More on Graham: “Jimmy was like a brother to me. He was close to so many guys on the team. Not part of it, but it’s something people lose track of. Obviously, as a football player, he’s a rare, rare talent. So, certainly, not having a guy like that on the field with you is a difference maker. But the relationships you build in the locker room — that’s really the part that’s the hardest. You’re used to seeing each other every day, being around each other, your families do things together, you build a relationship, become very close. Then things happen and all of sudden you’re on a different team.”

On acquiring center Max Unger: “I was with him in the Pro Bowl a few years ago. I think he’s a very good player. I know he was bit by the injury bug a little bit last year, but obviously he’s somebody who can play at a high level. He’s still very much in the prime of his career. I think he’ll be a great addition to that front five.”

On running back C.J. Spiller: “He’s a rare mix of size and speed. What he can do in the nickel package — running the football, catching it out of the backfield, very good protection. I think he’s a smart player, a really high-character guy who I think will be a great addition to our backfield.”

On wide receivers Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman: “They’re big, physical guys who can stretch the field for you a little bit. I think they’re young, raw talents. Just like most guys who come in as undrafted guys, you see sparks of greatness. It’s just about getting them enough time and reps to work at certain things to hone their skills. I think we run a pretty complex system just in regards to what we ask certain skill position players to do. It’s very much a mental game for them — the adjustments that come with different concepts and with different defensive looks and just very much being on the same page with me, obviously. I think the more time that we have together, I think the more comfort and trust I gain in them and vice versa.”