RICHMOND, Va. - As the camp days fly by, the grind is starting to take a noticeable toll on players. Everyone's body is wired differently but the players said there's no option but to stay fresh.
"Making sure I'm stretching out, doing my auxiliary exercises, making sure my body is lined up," are some major keys for tight end Logan Paulsen.
With two practices a day, there isn't a lot of time for rest, or a personal chef. You could say, though, that diets vary by position. Veteran cornerback Greg Toler said he eats "a lot of pasta, a lot of chicken, a lot of carbs," while Paulsen said "during training camp if I see it, I eat it."
The polarity on the cold and hot tubs was evident. Toler said, "after every practice I try and hit the cold tub", same with defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois. "It be cold in there, I'm talking 19 degrees cold in there." The best quote came from safety Will Blackmon. He said he "does not get in the cold tub." When asked why he says "because it's cold."
Reps are already limited in camp, so veterans say you have to find a way to be on the field every day, despite the roadblocks your body might endure. "I don't care how sluggish, tired, or hot it is, it's just a mental game." Jean-Francois said.