The Saints are holding their training camp at The Greenbrier “resort” in West Virginia, which is why TE Jimmy Graham's room is this pretty...
Why West Virginia?
There could be another reason for getting players far from the comforts of their in-season homes. All six of their losses last season — five in the regular season and one in the playoffs — came on the road. So the club’s performance outside the Superdome is among the areas Payton has targeted for improvement.
“We put up our road statistics for our players and we talked about the front of the schedule,” Payton said, alluding to his club’s first two regular season games at Atlanta and Cleveland. “Certainly, we want to play better than on the road a season ago.”
The Saints will report to the Greenbrier on Thursday for conditioning tests and hold their first practice on Friday. They’ll return to New Orleans for good on Aug. 14, the day before their first home preseason game against Tennessee.