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Giants news, 9/27: Drew Brees wants to play until he’s 45, Rhett Ellison’s Mark Bavaro “aura,” more

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is playing as well, maybe better than he ever has at the age of 39. He said Wednesday that he has no plans to stop playing for a while.

“I think I can do it until 45. I’m not telling you I am. I think I’ll walk away from this game before that, or until about 32 teams tell me that I can’t play anymore, and when I do, it’ll be because I just want to spend more time with my family, with my kids, and I’m ready for the next chapter, but I’m not there yet,” Brees said. “I enjoy doing what I’m doing. I feel like we have a great opportunity here in New Orleans with our team, and I just still love it. I love the locker room, I love the grind, and I love the challenges.”

Shurmur: Rhett Ellison has Mark Bavaro-esque “aura”

When it comes to Giants tight ends the highest compliment you can pay is to compare one to Mark Bavaro. Giants coach Pat Shurmur did just that on Wednesday when talking about Rhett Ellison.

“He epitomizes a player that you want on your team. He’s very good at what he does, he can line up anywhere, he finds a way to make plays. Some guys just have a knack for that. He finds a way to make plays. Very trustworthy and very tough, and he’s wired like a football player, and that is what you’re looking for,” Shurmur said. “I made the analogy, and this probably isn’t fair because I don’t know Mark Bavaro that well, but I sensed the same kind of aura when I met him the other night – just a tough guy that’s going to do what he’s asked and let the chips fall. That’s what Rhett is.”

Saquon Barkley on the Saints’ league-leading run defense

Barkley has surpassed 100 total yards of offense in each of his first three career games.

“They definitely pop out on tape. They’re fast, they’re a physical team. They’ve got some great linebackers over there, great defensive linemen over there. We’ve faced great defenses before. We got to continue to just work on ourselves, and continue to come in every single day and work hard. I think everything else will take care of itself.”

Alec Ogletree on facing Drew Brees

The linebacker and defensive co-captain knows what the Giants will be up against on Sunday.

“He’s going to be a Hall of Fame quarterback one day. Well he really is a Hall of Fame quarterback, he’s going to have a gold jacket one day, but like you said, he’s done it for a long time and everybody says pretty much the same thing, you got to get in his face, try to limit his vision, but at the same time he has good pocket presence and he knows how to work in the pocket,” Ogletree said. “Just presents a challenge for us to try to go out there and do that and get in his face and try to block his vision a little bit.”

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