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Saints are hopeful that physical approach to camp pays off

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate



HOUSTON — James Laurinaitis didn’t think about it for very long.

This camp is hard. So, hard, in fact, that he said he hasn't been in camp like this since the new collective bargaining agreement was put in place. That ended the days of the long, hard practices, and ushered in a different era of training camp.

There is less hitting, fewer practices, and, well, less physicality during the summers than there was before. But the Saints have worked to change that this summer. If the pads are out, there’s a good chance the players will be hitting each other.

There’s a reason for that.

“It’s going to be physical on Sundays,” Laurinaitis said. “I think the main thing is really you’re going to get a lot of game-like experience and reps when you go live. There’s really no simulation for making real-life tackles and taking off blocks and shedding and trying to make plays after doing that. It’s good. The team has embraced it, and I think we’ve fought through a lot of it.”

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The physical training camp is what has me the most excited about the upcoming season.
 

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It's good that the team was able to get a full schedule of practices while training at the Greenbrier. Things would have been disrupted a lot due to the stormy weather had the decision been made to have the training camp at the facility on Airline Drive. But hopefully now that they are back in the heat & humidity of the south there will be time to acclimate before the regular season. I'm not sure how many of the Texans' players was suffering from the heat in yesterday's practice in Houston, but it appears that those players may already be somewhat more adjusted to such conditions.
But I'm glad that our young team was able to get in all the work they needed in West Virginia.
 

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I have a feeling that someone will step in and stop the hard practices. Hope I'm wrong.
 

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