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Monday, August 3, 2009
Saints giving Harrington chance at No. 2

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

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New Orleans coach Sean Payton made it clear through the offseason that Joey Harrington will have a chance to challenge Mark Brunell for the No. 2 job. The coach is following through on that pledge.

Harrington's been getting some work with the second unit early in camp.

"What we're trying to do is, in each practice, to rotate those two players,'' Payton told the media Monday morning. "A lot of time when you're working with the third unit, there are a number of things that you have to handle as a quarterback. The route might be open but there might be a protection flaw. So you're seeing both Mark (Brunell) and Joey take those snaps. I'd like to get to a point where I'm going to rotate those guys in with the ones as well and rest (Drew) Brees a period or two."

Payton said the plan for now is to let Brunell and Harrington keep sharing reps with the second team and make a decision on the depth chart later in the preseason.

"We just try to stay on top of each day after practice of where they're at,'' Payton said. "I'm not as concerned with how many throws they make. The arm can sometimes get tired, but it's not like a pitcher. But I do want to see the other two guys get some work with the first group, if not early on in camp, then later in camp and in the preseason."