With Deuce Mcallister no longer around, the Saints are looking for a bruising RB to lead the way in key short-yardage situations.
Four players are vying for one or possibly two roster spots with Mike Bell, Lynell Hamilton, P.J. Hill and Herb Donaldson fighting for the jobs.
McAllister, the Saints' career rushing leader was released after last season.
"I'm anxious to see all of those guys," Saints HC Payton said. "It's hard to get them all work. You'll see in practice that we'll start clumping two or three of them in a nine-on-seven and not try to give each one of them two reps but try to give one of them a little bit more work. That gives us a better chance to look at those players."
Bell likely holds the edge for at least the third spot since he is No. 3 on the depth chart. He signed with the Saints as a free agent in November after being waived by the Texans in August.