“I don’t think I’ve seen an athlete quite like him. We played them last year, and I was impressed. Then I saw him at mini-camp in OTAs and was amazed at how big and strong he is. His forearms and hands look like he has been digging fence-post holes his entire life. He is good, smart and has those leadership qualities. You talk about building an offense around a guy, he can be a 15-year franchise guy,” Brees told NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico.
“At a certain point, the skill set is going to decline,” Mayock said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s inevitable, especially with offensive linemen. This is why there are certain teams around the league that I think are so good, because they’re consistent and when they move on from players they typically do it a year early rather than a year late.”
Mayock added as to why he traded OT Trent Brown to the Patriots.
“When healthy and available, he’s a dominant right tackle,” Mayock said. “But he was not healthy and available to us very often in two years and he was making $14 million.”
Mayock mentioned the team’s defense needs to play better for them to make the playoffs.
“We have to get so much better. I know it, Jon knows it. We all know it. We’ve got to finish games. I’m excited to see whether or not we can generate a pass rush because we have not been disruptive on defense, we don’t take the ball away. We don’t hurry the quarterback. We have a lot of things we have to get better at and we’re very realistic about that. More than anything, I want to see if we can be disruptive on defense and that’s going to be one of our goals.”