Brees at top of list of Boilers

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Record-setting quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is back to try and lead his team to the Super Bowl in 2020.

WEST LAFAYETTE — Training camp has opened across the National Football League, and 18 former Purdue players have their sights set on making opening-day 53-man rosters:

Ricardo Allen, S — Atlanta Falcons

Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB — New England Patriots

David Blough, QB — Cleveland Browns

Drew Brees, QB — New Orleans Saints

Anthony Brown, CB — Dallas Cowboys

Cole Herdman, TE — Baltimore Ravens

Gabe Holmes, TE — Indianapolis Colts

Dennis Kelly, T — Tennessee Titans

Ryan Kerrigan, LB — Washington Redskins

Austin Larkin, DE — Atlanta Falcons

Raheem Mostert, RB — San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Pamphile, G — Tennessee Titans

Jordan Roos, G — Seattle Seahawks

Kawann Short, DT — Carolina Panthers

David Steinmetz, T — Houston Texans

Jacob Thieneman, S — New York Giants

Terry Wright, WR — Seattle Seahawks

Isaac Zico, WR — Arizona Cardinals

There are five rookies among the bunch: Blough, Herdman, Thieneman, Wright and Zico.

Among the standouts:

Brees became the most-prolific passer in NFL history Oct. 9, 2018. In the New Orleans Saints’ 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins, the 18-year veteran broke the NFL career passing yards record. Brees also holds NFL career marks for completions, completion percentage and total offense, and he entered the 2019 season ranked second with 520 passing touchdowns, behind only Peyton Manning (539). On Oct. 21, 2018, when the Saints beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23, Brees joined Brett Favre and Manning as the only three quarterbacks to have a victory against all 32 current NFL teams.

Kerrigan is a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018) as a linebacker, and his 84.5 sacks ranked second in Redskins’ annals through the 2018 season, trailing only Dexter Manley (91.0). Kerrigan is tremendously active in the community. In 2013, he launched Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation, which provides opportunities, support and resources to children and families in need in the Washington metropolitan area. He returns to West Lafayette each May to participate in the Ryan Kerrigan/12th Boiler Golf Outing, which raises money for Purdue Athletics scholarships. Kerrigan was the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015.

Short is regarded as one the NFL’s premier interior defensive lineman. The 44th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Short earned his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2018. Since 2015, he has recorded 27.5 sacks, tied for the third-most in the NFL by a defensive tackle. Short ranked sixth in Carolina Panthers history with 32.5 career sacks through the 2018 season.

Mostert had a breakout season in 2018 with a career-high 261 rushing yards. He also topped the San Francisco 49ers with seven special teams tackles. Mostert earned the 49ers’ Perry/Yonamine Award for exhibiting exceptional commitment to promoting unity within the team and in the community.

The 100th season of the NFL begins Sept. 5.