1. What we learned
Off the field we found out Drew Brees’ new daughter’s name is Rylen Judith Brees. On the field, not so much. The proud papa, like many Saints starters, sat this one out. For those demanding something for their preseason dollar, Luke McCown looked on form on his one-and-only drive for a touchdown, and Ryan Griffin looked worthy of a roster spot (with the Saints or someone else). The defense, missing six regular starters, surrendered yards aplenty but points grudgingly. The running game didn’t generate much, but carries (12) were few.
2 . Trending now
The wide receiver corps. One of the biggest questions left for this talented Saints team to answer is how many wide receivers to keep and which ones. The over/under is 5.5. Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Joseph Morgan and the injured Kenny Stills are locks, with the battle ongoing between Robert Meachem and Nick Toon if the Saints only keep five. Toon started Thursday’s game and caught two passes for 13 yards, while Meachem had one long bomb for 52 yards. It’s a guessing game, but the money here’s on Meachem unless they both get picked to stay.
3. Final thoughts
There may be those who go away from this game disappointed the Saints didn’t finish the preseason unbeaten. Don’t. This game was a glorified scrimmage in advance of the Saints’ Sept. 7 regular-season opener at Atlanta. New Orleans showed all it needed to in the first half of last week’s preseason win at Indianapolis, a time and place where two division title-worthy playoff teams were actually trying — briefly. Nothing that transpired in Thursday’s game should blunt the Saints’ momentum. Bring on the regular season.