New Orleans Saints Running back Zach Line, linebacker Manti Te'o and right tackle Zach Strief were given a "veteran rest day" Sunday.
Coach Sean Payton said he wants to make sure the team is being smart with those players in regards to their lower bodies.
The team repeated a 20-play team drill toward the end of practice. "There were some things I didn't like," Payton said. "I think the worst thing we can do is sit and watch and tolerate something we feel like isn't acceptable."
Payton spoke on a few periods throughout the practice. "Part of this practice was missing this intensity that I'd like to see."
Payton said he likes what he sees from receiver Brandon Coleman. "He looks to be running well. Each day he's made a play or two."
Payton spoke on having a competitive nature at practice. "As coaches, we have to create that."
Payton said that he is a lot further along with monitoring players' time on the field especially for those that are injured, recovering and keeping veterans healthy.
Payton sees similarity in Alvin Kamara's abilities with those of Marshall Faulk, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was at Sunday's practice on assignment for the NFL Network. Payton coached Faulk, a New Orleans native, at San Diego State.