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Saints battle for positions at training camp

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It was the second day of practice with pads and through there's still no full contact, the addition brings a level of intensity.

"It's always a little different to come out here and hit, but that's how you have to prepare for football.  Football is a physical game so you have to practice in pads," said tight end Benjamin Watson.

For the players, the competition is just beginning. Some competing for a spot on  the roster, others for a starting job. 

"It's definitely a competition, I mean we are both going for a starting center position, but it's nice to have a guy that will actually work with you and teach you things," Tim Lelito explains about his competition for the starting center role.

Though it's a dog fight to land the starting position, the black and gold support each other, players who've been in the league longer than most give advice to the younger ones, even if they both want the same spot.

"Having that in a team is what creates a culture for success, that knowledge you gain by playing is invaluable and as good as our coaching staff is there's something you only get from experience," said tackle Zach Strief.

While the competition on the field is heating up, the temperature is cooling down.

"When you start to sweat and then the wind blows, it's like woah, we're not in Louisiana are we? There's a little bit of chill in the air," added Watson.


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