Jared Cook says Saints training camp is “business as usual”

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Saints players will be going through full padded practices starting Monday, with week one against Tampa Bay on September 13th closing in. But, players have been doing everything possible to shy away from contact in the acclimation period of being back in the facility.        

Dividers in the locker room along with social distancing monitors are just a few examples. Tight end Jared Cook feels comfortable though getting back to real football.

“The good thing is having confidence in being on the field,” said Cook. “Everybody has tested negative. We haven't had any positive cases in the building, so they're really doing everything they can in the locker room, and around the halls in order to ensure there is no spread and that everything is cleaned.”

 Cook was also happy that the idea of a face shield for helmets has not become something that is mandatory.  Many players have complained about it restricting breathing and causing the helmet to make your head feel like it’s in an oven.

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“As far as on the field, everything's pretty much normal, which is great. I couldn't imagine trying to be in this heat down here playing with a mask on,” Cook said. “We're just in business as usual. Everybody's getting better. Everybody's practicing together. So it's business as usual."