The New Orleans Saints spent their second year at the Greenbrier Resort getting prepared for the 2015-16 NFL season. On August 20, 2015 the Saints spent their final practice alongside the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
The two teams scrimmaged a little bit Thursday morning getting a feel for game-like situations. The players agree that when you practice day-in and day-out against the same players, you develop a rhythm and pick up on an opposing players tendencies. Having an opportunity to practice against the reigning champions and see another colored jersey across the ball makes for a much better camp.
On Thursday, a few former Patriots attended training camp including former Marshall Wide Receivers Randy Moss and Troy Brown. Brown says he’s a bit jealous of the facility, he wishes he had an opportunity to practice at the Greenbrier.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to Jim Justice for doing a great job in building a great facility,” said Brown. “You see some pro teams that, when I played, didn’t have stuff this great to work with. The field’s in great condition, the players have got everything they want. The hotel’s in great condition, and anything you want in the hotel, he gets it done… The Saints have a great home here in West Virginia.”
Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick brought the team into town for only two days and said their purpose was all business, but he added that he wouldn’t mind returning to the Greenbrier in the future to take in some of the local activities.
“You can’t say enough about the Greenbrier facility… Personally, I’m looking forward to coming back at a different time when I can do it,” said Belichick. “This place is beautiful, it’s awesome, and they’ve been very accommodating.”
Both teams have now finished their training camps and will take Friday off to travel to New Orleans before battling on Saturday in a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Both teams have three remaining preseason matchups before the official start of the season and the players say their taking it all one day at a time to get ready. The Saints will return to Southern West Virginia again next year for their 2016 training camp, but for now they are looking to begin the new season and improve on last year’s 7-9 finish.