WEST SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - A flurry of fights and scuffles have marred NFL joint practices this month.
The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots met today for their first session in West Virginia with a shared vision of improving.
This is about getting as much out of these football practices as possible and the players really enjoy what took place Wednesday.
The Saints had maybe the best practice since the team has been at the Greenbrier. It's about getting better and about the competitive fire of going up against someone that's not on your team.
Quarterback Drew Brees agrees.
"Iron sharpens Iron. I mean we are getting to practice against the defending world champions and I knew that's going to get us better and they have the same mentality in going against us," Brees said.
Offensive lineman Zach Strief said it was as good as a dual practice can be.
"This isn't a grudge match. This is a bunch of guys, that if you are smart, if you're professional, are trying to get better," Strief said.
"Everybody's juices were flowing," said running back Mark Ingram. "We did a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to work on. Coming from that practice we are going to take that to the film room, study, evaluate ourselves and improve."
There is just one practice let at the Greenbrier, and it's going to be a tough one for the Saints.
Both teams will meet again in New Orleans this Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Superdome.