Broncos' Sean Payton on comparisons between rookie Bo Nix and former QB Drew Brees

The Russell Wilson experiment came to a screeching halt in March. 

The 35-year-old landed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite acquiring Zach Wilson in a trade in April and still having veteran quarterback Jarrett Stidham on the roster, the Denver Broncos entered this year’s draft looking to add to their quarterback room.

Quarterbacks headlined the 2024 draft class, and a record-tying six signal-callers were taken in the first round. 

Former Oregon standout Bo Nix was the last quarterback drafted in the first round. He will likely compete for the Broncos’ starting job for the 2024 campaign.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

Nix has thrown some passes to teammate Courtland Sutton during the Denver Broncos’ offseason workouts. The Pro Bowl wide receiver shared some high praise for the rookie.

“Bo brings a lot of really good qualities to our team in terms of the quarterback position,” Sutton said, via DNVR Sports. “He does a lot of things really, really well on the field. … He has that leader mentality, that aura that he walks with.”

SEAN PAYTON DIVES INTO BRONCOS’ SELECTION OF BO NIX: ‘THIS WAS OUR TARGET’

Sean Payton is entering his second season in Denver. The Super Bowl-winning coach spent 16 seasons with the New Orleans Saints before taking a break from coaching for the 2022 season. 

Payton has consistently backed the decision to draft Nix, and the coach was recently asked whether the rookie shared any similarities with 13-time Pro Bowler Drew Brees.

Payton coached Brees 14 seasons during their time together in New Orleans, including the 2009 Super Bowl-winning campaign. From Payton’s point of view, Nix and Brees share some similarities, but he also sees some distinct differences.

“All right, we’re looking for similarities. I would say mentally, [Nix] wants to know as much and as fast as he can,” Payton said, via DNVR Sports. “I think there’s maybe a maturity level because, again, [Nix] played 61 games [in college] and when [the Saints] got Drew, it was off of his rookie contract and coming off an injury.”

Payton also noted that Nix “locates the ball well, and he’s accurate” like Brees.

From a personal standpoint, Nix and Brees differ, according to Payton.

“Their personalities are different,” Payton said. “[Nix is] the son of a coach. Drew wasn’t necessarily the son of a coach.”

The Broncos open the regular season Sept. 8 when they face the Seahawks in Seattle. 

Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X, and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.

You might also like
Tags: , , , , , , ,

More Similar Posts