But Daniel, who has thrown just eight passes in three years, would rather have Brees back running the show than take over for the reigning Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year.
"First and foremost, we miss Drew. This whole team, the community, the fans, everybody misses Drew, but we also realize right now we have to move on without him," Daniel told The Associated Press. "Is a deal going to get done? Yes, I have faith. But right now it's a great opportunity for myself to go in, show the type of skills I've (gained) ... and really earn the trust of the guys."
"I'm looking forward to it," Daniel continued. "Obviously, Drew runs the ship. I'm just here to get ready."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.