WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The idea of shortening the preseason to two or three games has been bandied about the league in recent years as a way to shorten the preseason.

Saints coach Sean Payton likes the schedule the way it is right now.

“I can think of so many players that made rosters during my time as a coach in week three or four,” Payton said. “Kick returns and punt returns and blocked punts and a quarterback that comes in. … I just think that four is perfect. That’s me.”

Payton singled out former Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who made a push late in camp in 2007 to make the roster. Shortening the preseason to two games, Payton said, might cost a player like Thomas chances to prove himself under the lights.

“The most important thing we have to do in this camp is find the right 53,” Payton said. “I think it becomes more challenging to find the right 53 with two game exposures.”