It's not clear how soon Julius Jones will contribute with the Saints. Payton said he would be a third option behind tailbacks Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts if starter Pierre Thomas remains sidelined with a sprained ankle this week.
"It's really just an additional back," Payton said. "I've seen it perceived as that we're disappointed with the other two, and that wouldn't be the case. It's really to have depth right now."
Jones doesn't look to be a factor now and this seems to be an insurance policy. Betts did fumble last week so it's hard to imagine the team is thrilled with the RB situation without Thomas.