In each three-year span, Brees attempted exactly 35 passes of that distance. From 2009-11, he completed just seven of them for a total of 356 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions. From 2012-14, he completed 15 of them for 773 yards, seven TDs and zero INTs. He was 5-of-12 last season, 5-of-12 in 2013 and 5-of-11 in 2012.
The author went on to say the Saints' downfield passing game has been on a downward trend overall. Brees completed just 28 of 63 passes last season that traveled 20-plus yards in the air (44.4 percent) for 965 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Those are Brees' lowest yardage and TD totals since 2007. Brees had similar numbers in 2010 and 2012, though -- and much worse numbers in 2007. So those downfield passing numbers are generally tied to overall offensive efficiency. Brees' arm strength doesn't really seem to be an issue here. Brees' ADP has slipped this year. He's ranked fifth among our QBs but he's sticking around until the 7th round in 10-team leagues.