New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets

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Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 74,615

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Drew Brees got in, marched down the field and got out.

It was a breezy preseason debut for Brees, who threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas to cap his only drive, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the New York Jets 28-13 on Saturday night.

"Any time you can go down and get points, get a touchdown, that's good," Brees said. "Felt like it was pretty efficient, for the most part. Wasn't a big sample, right? I don't even know how many total plays we ran."

Just eight, actually.

"I was hoping to get 15 or 20," Brees said, "but I know there was a plan to pull a few of us out after a short while and get some other guys work."

Brees didn't take a snap in the Saints' first two exhibition games, but Sean Payton gave the 40-year-old quarterback a brief regular-season warmup in this one.

Alvin Kamara had a 25-yard catch on third down, and a 20-yard grab by Thomas two plays later got the Saints (2-1) down to the 23. On third-and-6, Brees found Thomas in the back-right corner of the end zone with a perfectly placed ball over cornerback Tevaughn Campbell's head for the touchdown.

Brees finished 4 of 6 for 68 yards and was done, along with the rest of the offensive starters, and was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater.

Sam Darnold's night for the Jets (1-2) lasted quite a bit longer as the second-year quarterback played midway into the second quarter, despite three projected starting offensive lineman - center Ryan Kalil and guards Kelechi Osemele and Brian Winters - sitting out.

A sluggish start included Ty Montgomery fumbling on the first drive and Darnold taking a hard shot from Trey Hendrickson to end his fourth possession.

"We were not very good," coach Adam Gase said. "After the fumble, we lost our minds a little bit."

The starting offense got going against the Saints' backup defense on the Jets' fifth possession. On third-and-5 from the Jets 40, Darnold connected with Robby Anderson for a 41-yard gain. After two runs by Montgomery and a defensive holding call on Terrell Williams Jr. put the ball at the Saints 2, Darnold threw a pretty swing pass to Montgomery for a touchdown that cut the Jets' deficit to 10-7 with 8:22 left in the first half.

"I didn't like how we played in the first quarter," Darnold said. "In the second quarter, we kind of found our rhythm and then were out."

Darnold was 8 of 13 for 97 yards and the score before he was replaced by Trevor Siemian.

"We wanted them to play the whole first half," Gase said of the starters. "It just felt like after we scored the touchdown it was the right time, kind of finish that group on a good note."

HAPPY RETURN

Saints rookie wide receiver Deonte Harris returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown with 7:27 left, giving New Orleans a 23-13 lead. Harris, out of Assumption College, avoided a diving tackle attempt by punter Matt Darr before sprinting into the end zone.

"I knew if I made one person miss, I would be off to the races," Harris said. "It's an unbelievable feeling."

FLYING FLAGS

There were 31 accepted penalties - 16 on the Saints for 142 yards, and 15 on the Jets for 128 yards. New York's final penalty of the night was a holding call in the end zone on offensive tackle Eric Smith, resulting in a safety late in the fourth quarter.

KALIL SITS

Kalil was expected to make his debut with the team, but the team decided to have him sit out while he continues to get into football shape and learn the playbook. Jonotthan Harrison started again in his place.

Kalil, who played 12 seasons with Carolina, came out of retirement earlier this month and signed a one-year, $8.4 million deal with the Jets.

"(Last) Sunday night was his first night in pads, so he's only had really three practices," general manager Joe Douglas said before the game. "So, we felt the smart thing to do was to hold him out. We'll re-evaluate it next week. Again, we're 15 days away from the opener, so we feel good that's he's going to have plenty of time to be ready for Week 1."

JUST FOR KICKS

Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet bounced back after missing two extra points last week, making field goals of 48 and 56 yards and converting his one extra-point try.

STATS

Bridgewater was 15 of 26 for 143 yards before giving way to Taysom Hill in the third quarter. The do-it-all Hill ran for what appeared to be a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown late in the third, but it was wiped out by a holding call on Patrick Omameh. The Saints settled for a 38-yard field goal by Wil Lutz that put New Orleans up 16-13 with 2:36 left in the quarter. ... Lutz was also good from 39, 40 and 34 yards, but was wide left on a 43-yard attempt.

INJURIES

Saints: LB Josh Martin left in the third quarter with an apparent right arm injury.

Jets: S Brandon Bryant suffered a head injury in the third quarter after being called for unnecessary roughness for leading with his helmet on a play.

UP NEXT

Saints: At home vs. Miami on Thursday night.

Jets: At home vs. Philadelphia on Thursday night.

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This story has been corrected to show that the Jets play at home, not on the road, next week.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jets
11:52 Michael Thomas 19 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 7 0
08:42 Wil Lutz 39 yd FG 10 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jets
08:22 Ty Montgomery 2 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Taylor Bertolet kick) 10 7
02:20 Wil Lutz 40 yd FG 13 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jets
12:33 Taylor Bertolet 48 yd FG 13 10
08:40 Taylor Bertolet 56 yd FG 13 13
02:36 Wil Lutz 38 yd FG 16 13

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jets
07:27 Deonte Harris 78 yd punt return (Wil Lutz kick) 23 13
04:05 Team safety 25 13
01:54 Wil Lutz 34 yd FG 28 13

Team Stats
  New Orleans New York
1st Downs 22 16
Total Yards 405 300
Passing 325 205
Passing Completions/Attempts 27-45 23-33
Yards/Pass 6.9 5.9
Rushing 80 95
Rushing Attempts 25 22
Yards/Rush 3.2 4.3
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 35:26 24:34

New Orleans Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Teddy Bridgewater 15 26 143 5.5 0 0
Taysom Hill 8 13 127 9.8 0 0
Drew Brees 4 6 68 11.3 1 0

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Sam Darnold 8 13 97 7.5 1 0
Davis Webb 7 10 56 5.6 0 0
Trevor Siemian 5 7 34 4.9 0 0
Luke Falk 3 3 29 9.7 0 0

New Orleans Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Dwayne Washington 8 29 3.6 0 8
Devine Ozigbo 6 20 3.3 0 8
Taysom Hill 2 15 7.5 0 11
Kerwynn Williams 4 9 2.2 0 5
Alvin Kamara 2 4 2.0 0 4
Zach Line 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jacquizz Rodgers 2 -1 -0.5 0 0

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Trenton Cannon 6 51 8.5 0 25
Ty Montgomery 8 21 2.6 0 6
Elijah McGuire 5 21 4.2 0 13
Davis Webb 1 5 5.0 0 5
Trevor Siemian 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
Bilal Powell 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

New Orleans Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dan Arnold 5 83 16.6 0 25
Cyril Grayson Jr. 2 53 26.5 0 49
Michael Thomas 2 39 19.5 1 20
Alvin Kamara 2 29 14.5 0 25
Emmanuel Butler 4 27 6.8 0 10
Devine Ozigbo 2 23 11.5 0 14
Deonte Harris 2 18 9.0 0 17
Dwayne Washington 2 16 8.0 0 12
A.J. Derby 1 14 14.0 0 14
Keith Kirkwood 1 11 11.0 0 11
Jacquizz Rodgers 1 9 9.0 0 9
Austin Carr 2 8 4.0 0 6
Simmie Cobbs Jr. 1 8 8.0 0 8

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robby Anderson 2 60 30.0 0 41
Tim White 3 28 9.3 0 16
Trenton Cannon 3 28 9.3 0 11
Ty Montgomery 4 24 6.0 1 15
Deonte Thompson 2 19 9.5 0 19
Deontay Burnett 3 16 5.3 0 7
Charone Peake 1 10 10.0 0 10
Jamison Crowder 1 8 8.0 0 8
Greg Dortch 1 7 7.0 0 7
Daniel Brown 1 6 6.0 0 6
Elijah McGuire 1 5 5.0 0 5
Chris Herndon 1 5 5.0 0 5

New Orleans Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
J.T. Gray 5 0 0 0
Chris Banjo 2 1 0 0
Will Compton 2 2 0 0
Ken Crawley 2 0 0 0
Demario Davis 2 0 0 0
Kaden Elliss 2 2 0 0
Josh Martin 2 0 0 0
Darnell Sankey 2 1 0 0
Taylor Stallworth 2 0 0 0
Terrell Williams Jr. 2 1 0 0
Vince Biegel 1 0 1 11
Porter Gustin 1 0 1 0
Vonn Bell 1 1 0 0
T.J. Green 1 0 0 0
Trey Hendrickson 1 0 0 0
Colton Jumper 1 1 0 0
A.J. Klein 1 1 0 0
Marshon Lattimore 1 0 0 0
Patrick Robinson 1 0 0 0
Marcus Williams 1 0 0 0
P.J. Williams 1 0 0 0
Sylvester Williams 1 1 0 0
Eli Apple 0 1 0 0
A.J. Derby 0 0 0 0
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson 0 1 0 0
Justin Hardee Sr. 0 1 0 0
Ziggy Hood 0 1 0 0
Corbin Kaufusi 0 1 0 0
Devine Ozigbo 0 0 0 0
Jacquizz Rodgers 0 0 0 0
Shy Tuttle 0 2 0 0
Dwayne Washington 0 0 0 0
Zach Wood 0 0 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Brandon Bryant 4 0 1 4
James Burgess 4 3 0 0
Godwin Igwebuike 4 1 0 0
Alex Brown 3 2 0 0
Brian Poole 3 0 0 0
Jamal Adams 2 0 0 0
Blake Cashman 2 1 0 0
Neville Hewitt 2 0 0 0
Harvey Langi 2 2 0 0
Marcus Maye 2 0 0 0
Doug Middleton 2 0 0 0
Parry Nickerson 2 1 0 0
Arthur Maulet 1 0 1 9
Henry Anderson 1 1 0 0
Marcus Cooper 1 1 0 0
Bronson Kaufusi 1 0 0 0
Derrick Kindred 1 1 0 0
C.J. Mosley 1 0 0 0
Kyle Phillips 1 1 0 0
Nathan Shepherd 1 1 0 0
Anthony Wint 1 2 0 0
Josh Bellamy 0 0 0 0
Tevaughn Campbell 0 0 0 0
Trenton Cannon 0 0 0 0
Dee Delaney 0 1 0 0
Thomas Hennessy 0 0 0 0
Jordan Jenkins 0 1 0 0
Albert McClellan 0 0 0 0
Rontez Miles 0 0 0 0
Ty Montgomery 0 0 0 0
Charone Peake 0 0 0 0
MyQuon Stout 0 1 0 0
Leonard Williams 0 2 0 0

New Orleans Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New Orleans Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Deonte Harris 3 61 20.3 0 28
Cyril Grayson Jr. 1 8 8.0 0 8

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Valentine Holmes 1 21 21.0 0 21
Trenton Cannon 1 16 16.0 0 16
Deonte Thompson 1 14 14.0 0 14

New Orleans Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Deonte Harris 4 92 23.0 1 78
Cyril Grayson Jr. 1 1 1.0 0 1

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Greg Dortch 3 28 9.3 0 27
Tim White 1 11 11.0 0 11
Valentine Holmes 1 0 0.0 0 0

New Orleans Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Wil Lutz 4 5 80.0 40

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Taylor Bertolet 2 2 100.0 56

New Orleans Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Thomas Morstead 6 304 59

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 4 180 54
Matt Darr 3 149 55