Payton: Ramsey still in backup QB mix

All those New Orleans fans who are ready to hand Chase Daniel the job as Drew Brees' backup, hold on just a bit.

Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday there’s a healthy competition between Daniel and fellow reserve quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Payton said Ramsey will get the bulk of the work after Brees in the third preseason game.

“This week when Drew finishes, we’ll give the majority -- if not all -- of the reps to Patrick (Ramsey),’’ Payton told the local media after practice. “It’s just trying to give them enough series to give them the opportunity to get comfortable with what they’re doing and the operations of a game. Sometimes if it’s just a quarter or a quarter-and-a-half, it’s harder to do that at that position.”

A lot of people assumed Daniel had nailed down the backup job after a strong performance against Houston last week. But Payton said nothing is set in stone and the Saints haven’t decided if they’ll carry two or three quarterbacks on the regular-season roster.

“We’ll be flexible,’’ Payton said. “We haven’t decided what and how many. You just try to evaluate these games and practices closely and make your decisions off that. We’ll be flexible to do either or.”