METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will hold an extended training camp after his team’s second exhibition game against the Houston Texans, which will be played Aug. 20 in Reliant Stadium.
The Saints were scheduled to break camp after that Houston game, but Payton will now take his team to Oxnard, Calif., where they’ll work for five days leading up to their Aug. 28 preseason game at Oakland.
“I think we’ll benefit for a lot of reasons,” said Payton, who was on the Dallas Cowboys’ staff when they held camp in Oxnard. “The environment is something I’m familiar with, and I think going out there to play Oakland, it’ll be a good week for us to finish up.”
Payton said he initially thought of having an extra week of camp in Metairie, but there were logistical problems with the hotel they stay in near the team’s training facility.
“With the trip going to Oakland, we looked into a few different locations,” he said. “But Oxnard was one we spent some time with, and when we were able to put all the pieces together we went with it.”
Jaguars’ road trip
The Southern University football team got a little taste of the NFL on Tuesday as the Jaguars, after a morning workout on campus, took the bus to Metairie to take in the Saints’ workout.
Coach Stump Mitchell, his coaching staff and the 95-man squad intently watched the 2-1/2-hour workout.
The workout was held outdoors despite a brief shower that passed through at the outset of practice.
“I wanted to give our guys an opportunity to see the Saints because we do some of the things they do on offense and defense,” said Mitchell, who put his players through their first full-pads practice Tuesday.
“I also wanted them to see the size of these guys,” he said. “We have some players who are as big as some (Saints), or bigger. I wanted them to see that it’s about attitude and fortitude - if they want to do it. So it was good.”
Green’s photo op
After practice, the Jaguars got to meet the Saints as they left the field.
SU wide receiver Jared Green, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green, talked with 5-foot-6 Saints running back Darren Sproles before the two posed for a photo.
The meeting was significant because Jared Green’s father, who played 20 NFL seasons at cornerback despite being just 5-8, admired Sproles’ tenacity when he entered the league in 2004.
“My dad watched him play, and he liked his fire and passion,” Jared Green said. “Not only that, but he was small like my father. Dad appreciated that, and the will and desire he had. He always tells me to look at the guys that are doing right in the league.”
The Saints had their first live contact of training camp Tuesday as Payton gave his first-team offense and defense three snaps from the 9-yard line.
On the first two downs, running back Mark Ingram and Sproles netted 3 yards each. On third-and-goal from the 3, Ingram blasted up the middle and was met by two-time Pro Bowl strong safety Roman Harper at the 1.
But Ingram, who is listed at 5-9 and 215 pounds, ran over the 6-1, 200-pound Harper and crashed into the end zone.
“He’s going to break some tackles,” Harper said of the meeting of two former Alabama stars.
“He’s a little guy, and he hits with some force.”
Minutes earlier, Ingram had an 8-yard touchdown run in a red-zone team drill when he ran through veteran linebacker Will Herring.
Missing practice Tuesday were wide receiver Marques Colston (knee), tackle Jon Stinchcomb (knee), cornerback Fabian Washington (hamstring), tackle Alex Barron (knee), tackle Roger Allen (knee), wide receiver Adrian Arrington (ankle), linebacker Ezra Butler (hamstring), wide receiver Jarred Fayson (ankle) and linebacker Ramon Humber (quadriceps).
In addition, cornerback Tracy Porter (knee), running back Chris Ivory (foot/sports hernia) and defensive end Greg Roemus (knee) are still out because they’ve yet to pass a physical.
In a red-zone drill, wide receiver Lance Moore went over the middle to pull down a high pass from Drew Brees but was separated from the ball by free safety Malcolm Jenkins. ? Also in the red zone, quarterback Chase Daniel lofted a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andy Tanner, who was running wide open after cornerback Mark Parson bit on a fake screen to Sproles in the flat.
The Saints will return to the field at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a workout that will be open to the public.
But Payton moved Thursday’s practice, which was scheduled to be open to fans, to the indoor facility.
As a result, that workout will be closed.