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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WGNO) – Thursday’s practice was feisty. There were a pair of skirmishes. One involved running back Khiry Robinson and linebacker Curtis Lofton. The other, in a pass protection drill, involved rookie offensive tackle Tavon Rooks and defensive end Cam Jordan.

“It was one of those days where if they didn’t get their mind right, they should have their mind right,” said Jordan. “I think we are going to have bring that type of intensity to work everyday.”

Jordan has been outspoken in his quest for a Super Bowl championship.

A reporter asked him, why be so verbal about it?

“You don’t come to work and say I am going to be mediocre,” said Jordan.

The Saints finished up one week of their first training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The facilities have gotten rave reviews from coaches, players, and staff. And, expansion could be coming as early as next summer.

Two sources say that CEO Jim Justice is planning to turn the artificial practice turf into a roofed, indoor facility. The improvement, costing millions, would be footed by the Greenbrier.

A source said Justice wants to attract Marshall University and West Virginia University to come down and use the facility during spring practice.

Saints center Jonathan Goodwin returned to the team this season, after spending three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Goodwin’s favorite part of the Greenbrier?

“Definitely the hotel bed, I don’t sleep well on the dorm bed. You can tell they put a lot of quality into their beds,” said Goodwin.

Defensive end Cam Jordan said he will train wherever the organization desires.

“It is not 110 degrees outside, and with 100 percent humidity. But, maybe you need that hardship to get you through.”

The Saints scrimmage Saturday. Head coach Sean Payton said it will be full go, but without players getting tackled to the ground.
Practice ended Thursday, with a spectacular one handed catch by wide receiver Brandin Cooks.