New Orleans Saints move to regular season schedule ahead of San Diego Chargers preseason match
After notching a 38-20 preseason win over the Houston Texans Saturday, the New Orleans Saints closed training camp.
Starting Monday, the Saints went to a regular season practice schedule, which means they will have one practice session per day. They worked for two hours Monday at the team indoor facility in Metairie.
Through the first half of the preseason schedule, the Saints held joint practices with the New England Patriots and the Texans.
The Saints will meet the San Diego Chargers Friday night in the Louisiana Superdome in the third week of preseason.
New Orleans signed running back DeShawn Wynn on Monday. To make room for him, the team placed running back P.J. Hill on injured reserve.
Head coach Sean Payton said Hill suffered a tricep injury during the Texans game Saturday.
“My experience is that you need to have depth at that position, because the season’s long and those guys get hit often,” Payton said.
Wynn, a Florida product, played three seasons for Green Bay.
Ivory making a case
Rookie running back Chris Ivory is pushing to make the roster as the Saints’ third option behind Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.
Ivory had a game-high 66 yards rushing against the Texans.
“(Ivory) finishes runs well, which has been pretty exciting to see,” said Payton. “But like any rookie, he is still working on a ton of things.”
With the departure of third running back Mike Bell to Philadelphia, the Saints have been looking for a replacement.
Fourth running back Lynell Hamilton was the main candidate until he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in training camp. He will be out for the rest of the year.
The Saints signed veteran free agent Ladell Betts as a possible candidate for the job.
Betts has played for Washington since 2002.
Daniel gets a shot
Backup quarterback Chase Daniel took the bulk of the snaps Saturday after stepping in for starter Drew Brees.
Daniel finished 15 of 21 for 182 yards and three touchdowns against the Texans.
“With 400 yards of offense and 38 points on offense, we will take that any chance we can get it," said Daniel. “I think I played pretty decent. I am proud of how I played but there is always stuff you can get better at.”