Drew Brees confident in the Saints, excited to get back to work with Brandin Cooks _lowres

Saints receiver Brandin Cooks and quarterback Drew Brees (Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz)

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Drew Brees wasn’t given advance warning when the Saints traded away tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Kenny Stills this offseason.

He didn’t need it.

The Saints quarterback believes in coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis and is confident the duo will put together a product that is capable of competing at a high level — even if the moves are sometimes surprising.

“I think at the end of the day, I trust, we trust, Sean, Mickey, all those involved in the decisions to make the decisions that are best for the team,” Brees said. “So you never question that. It’s always, the guys that are in the locker room, those are the guys that we have and that’s who we’re moving forward with.

“And I think we’re poised to make a big play in this draft with the number of picks that we have and the amount of talent that’s out there. And I think that’s what we’re looking forward to and excited about right now.”

Part of the reason for that confidence is that Brees trust the weapons that are still around him. He spent time working with last year’s first-round pick, wide receiver Brandin Cooks, in San Diego this offseason and believes he will be key part of the offense.

“Oh yeah. Yeah, yeah. And we spent some time together this offseason,” Brees said of Cooks, who caught 53 passes for 550 yards last season before suffering a thumb injury. “And, man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he’s got all kinds of talent.”