Kristian: Saints get to work on 2014 season
Conditioning test: Saints players took their conditioning test ahead of Friday's first practice of training camp. Head coach Sean Payton even decided to put his physical fitness to the test and went through the test with the players. “I just wanted to finish!” Payton joked afterwards.
Payton was unwilling to share the results from players that came into camp with an injury, such as safety Jarius Byrd. He did share that wide receiver Joe Morgan was a go for camp: “There was a lot of things he couldn’t do during OTA’s. Now we just got to transition him back to football. He’s done well.” As for Byrd, it’s hard to tell whether or not he’ll be place on the PUP list. General Manager Mickey Loomis said a decision on Byrd’s PUP future “likely” be determined in the next 24 hours.
WR Kenny Stills did not participate in the team's walkthrough in the afternoon after he injured his leg in the morning practice.
Best Test: Payton did share this interesting nugget. Tight End Jimmy Graham had the fastest conditioning test time. Graham signed a 4 year deal with the Saints on July 15th, just hours before the deadline. If you were concerned about Graham not being in shape following an offseason contract dispute with the Saints, no need to worry there.
Greenbrier facilities: Jim Justice and the Greenbrier staff are doing everything within their power to make the Saints feel right at home. Four months ago, the practice fields the Saints will call home for three weeks was a forest. The fields look incredible. Two fields are set at the bottom of a hillside with bleachers and VIP seating areas on one side of the field. If you go down a hill, the Saints have another field equipped with synthetic turf (the same surface they have in the Superdome). Advocare chipped in for a sprawling office building for the team to use. This is without question one of the nicer 'home away from home' set-ups in the league.