NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton decided to terminate Seneca Wallace's contract because he feels like it will help the team.
He completed three of six passes for 32 yards in five scoreless series of a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Friday. Wallace also had a pass intercepted and fumbled into the end zone, that resulted in a Raiders touchdown.
Payton said,"The schedule is different then it used to be ten years ago where you were concerned about your number of players because of the amount of practice time you had. With the way the practice schedule shapes up, this is something we felt would get more repetition with some of the other guys and we'll continue to look at that."
Veteran Luke McCown apparently has won the backup role behind Drew Brees.
McCown said,"It's a tough part of this business. It's the reality of this business. You hate to see a veteran like that go. He came here, worked hard and had some tough breaks. Unfortunately that's just the nature of what we do. As for me, I just continue to go forward, work hard, be prepared and help my team."
The Saints travel to Houston and face the Texans 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the third preseason game of the season. What does coach Payton want to see out of his running game this weekend?
"Just consistency. Getting ahead on the downs. There were some positives about last week's performance in regards to the running game and yet when you look at the tape there is some yardage left out there that we just have to clean up and become more efficient with," Payton stated.
The Saints also terminated the contracts of wide receivers Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton, waived defensive back A.J. Davis, receiver Jarred Frayon, guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Chase Thomas and defensive back Dion Turner.
Defensive end Kenyon Coleman was placed on injured reserve.