Brandon Coleman has quietly spent the past three seasons earning the trust of his legendary quarterback.

Drew Brees has watched Coleman grow from an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers on the practice squad to a key component of the New Orleans offense, particularly in the red zone.

Coleman leads the Saints with three touchdown catches this season, already tying his career high, and Brees has looked for Coleman on a couple of other throws to the end zone but missed him short.

Coleman said the touchdowns are a sign of the growth he's made this offseason, the next step in his ongoing development.

"Those plays have been there," Coleman said. "I'm just making them. I'm glad I am making those plays for my team this year and putting us in a position to be successful."

Coleman's touchdown against Green Bay came after Brees had already tossed an interception by underthrowing the 6-foot-6 receiver in the end zone.

The second time Brees looked for Coleman, there wasn't a Packer close enough to him to make a play on the ball.

"We got the look we wanted, they were late getting set up, his eyes were in the backfield and we hit him with a little slant and go," Coleman said. "It was kind of like routes on air."

Coleman has been in New Orleans long enough now that Brees compared the rapport he has with the receiver to the one he had with players like Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore.