The Saints returned to the practice field on Monday for the first time since their 38-20 victory over the Texans last Saturday. The black and gold practiced for two hours Monday morning at the team's indoor facility. Monday was the first day of the team's "regular-season" schedule where they have one practice session a day.
NEXT UP:The Saints will return to the practice field at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday as they continue to prepare for their third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers Friday night.
WYNN IN:The Saints signed running back DeShawn Wynn on Monday. To make room for Wynn, the team placed RB P.J. Hillon injured reserve. Payton said Hill suffered a tricep injury during the team's game against the Texans last Saturday.
LB Harry Coleman,who faced Wynn when he was at LSU and the tailback was at Florida, said Wynn can benefit the squad right away.
"He was always good with the ball and explosive through the line," said Coleman. "Even when watching from afar, it seemed whenever he broke that first tackle he could take it to the house."
IVORY MAKING HIS MARK:Rookie RB Chris Ivorycompiled a game-best 66 yards against the Texans last Saturday. Payton said he hopes to identify a different role for each of his running backs and that Ivory is finding his way and has good balance.
"(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."
SCHLERETH VISTS PRACTICE:ESPN Analyst and former Denver Bronco*offensive linemanMark Schlereth* visited Saints practice Monday. The former Pro Bowl guard will address the team Monday night. Schlereth said one topic he will address with the team is working to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. Schlereth won back-to-back Super Bowl titles with the Broncos.
"Once you win the Super Bowl, you become a target," said Schlereth. "I always look at it like every year there are 12 teams that have a legitimate chance at winning it all and the other 11 team's main target is the defending Super Bowl champion."
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK:QB Chase Danielcompleted 15 of 21 attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns against the Texans. Despite the strong performance, Daniel said he is only focusing on ways he can improve. "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. That is what I strive for – to get better every single day."