Payton: Preseason plan doesn't change

METAIRIE, La. -- There’s been speculation that missed offseason workouts and new rules on how much players can practice during training camp might change the complexion of preseason games.

Some have suggested we might not see a lot of veterans playing in the early preseason games. But that apparently won’t be the case when it comes to the New Orleans Saints.

Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday he plans to take a similar approach to what he’s done in past years Friday night when the Saints open their exhibition season at home against San Francisco. Aside from a few injured guys, he plans to play his starters.

“We typically look at snaps, not quarters,’’ Payton said. “Numbers can be pretty deceiving. We try to get somewhere between the 12-17 snap mark. There will be a couple of exceptions regarding certain players. When you get into your second phase, you look for a similar pitch-count, then you finish the game.”