Signing Dalton brings some stability to the backup position that took its toll on New Orleans last season. When Winston went down with a torn ACL on Halloween last season, the Saints threw a revolving door at the quarterback. New Orleans had three starters under center — Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian and Ian Book — after Winston was ruled out for the season.
“It doesn’t necessarily change my approach,” Dalton said entering the season as a substitute. “At the end of the day, it depends on what Jameis feels comfortable with…from preparation to my mentality, my state of mind, it doesn’t change.”
It remains to be seen how much Dalton will play against the Texans, but Allen said the quarterback has done a good job grabbing the system quickly this offseason.
“(He’s a) smart guy,” Allen said. “He has a good idea of what we’re doing offensively, and I’m sure as we go through the process I think he’ll become even more comfortable.”
Allen also said Dalton had a big presence in the quarterback room.
“He comes here and competes every day, he had a really great day today,” Allen said. “I think he’s been a great addition.”
Regain health: Tight end Taysom Hill and defensive end Marcus Davenport continued to work after their respective injuries on Wednesday. Hill continued to wear his non-contact red jersey, but he participated in the team’s seven-on-seven red zone drills. Meanwhile, linebacker Pete Werner is suffering from a groin injury.
Emotions are strong: Tight end JP Holtz and defensive end Taco Charlton were kicked out of practice Wednesday after getting involved in a fight where punches were thrown. Allen said that while he loves competitive fire, the line has to be drawn somewhere.
“You can’t do it in a game, so we’re not going to do it here,” Allen said. “When you do, there are consequences.”