METAIRIE -- Rickey Jefferson never stopped working.

Waived by the Saints at the end of the team's rookie minicamp in May, Jefferson kept grinding, working with DeeJoe Fitness when he was in St. Rose and traveling to Baton Rouge to get defensive back drills with former NFL safety Ryan Clark.

Jefferson always figured he'd get another chance.

"My main focus was to get back to doing what I love," Jefferson said.

Undrafted out of LSU in 2017, Jefferson spent training camp with the Oakland Raiders before getting cut, then spent the entire season looking for another opportunity until the Saints signed him to a reserve/futures contract in January.

Being waived after the team's rookie minicamp was a blow, and Jefferson got a job to make money during the interim -- he declined to say what it was -- but he felt like he'd get back.

"It was a business decision, I believe," Jefferson said. "When they told me everything, they said the roster's very flexible, I might be back. And I'm here now, so the Saints have been pretty upfront with me throughout this whole process."

Now, Jefferson has a chance to make another impression on the NFL in the preseason games.

"I couldn't get in my feelings about it," Jefferson said. "It's a business, and you've just got to roll, be ready when your name is called."

Floyd still getting into shape

Veteran receiver Michael Floyd still has a lot to prove with the Saints.

Floyd, a former star in Arizona who caught 242 passes and posted a 1,000-yard season with the Cardinals, played just six snaps in the preseason opener against Jacksonville, the fewest of any receiver on the team.

Floyd is still getting into game shape.

"I want to see his weight get down," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "The good news is it's working in that direction."

When he's gotten chances in practice, Floyd has flashed a little bit, using his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame to make a few highlight-reel catches.

But he's got to get into form to compete for a spot in a loaded Saints' receiving corps.

"He's a player that has good size and length, but when he's too heavy, his transition and everything else labors," Payton said. "I thought it was better today, and he's making progress."

Saints release defensive back Harris

The Saints have made a move at defensive back, cutting De'Vante Harris two days after the team's preseason win against Jacksonville.

Harris played in the preseason opener but didn't record any statistics. The 25-year-old went undrafted in 2016 after a college career at Texas A&M but signed a free agent contract with the Saints.

Harris has appeared in 21 games for the Saints over the past two years, with 30 total tackles and a fumble recovery.

Harris was facing stiff competition within a crowded cornerback depth chart that includes last year's first-round pick Marshon Lattimore, returning veterans in Ken Crawley and PJ Williams, a free agent signing in Patrick Robinson and a 2018 draft pick in Natrell Jamerson. Justin Hardee, Arthur Maulet and Linden Stephens round out the cornerback depth chart for the Saints.