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Behind the Black and Gold for Wednesday, Aug. 21

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The New Orleans Saints had their 25th day of training camp presented by Verizon at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

TODAY: Today the Saints will take the practice field at Ochsner Sports Performance Center for a padded workout of Training Camp Presented by Verizon. The practice begins in the indoor facility and then the team will transition outdoors for the team portions at approximately 10:15 for the portion open to the public. There will be an autograph session following practice.

SAINTS LEGEND IN LA: The Saints held joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers in Costa Mesa, Calif. this past week, and former Saints Legend FB Mike Karney made an appearance. While his contributions rarely ended up making an immediate impression on the stat sheet, the bruising fullback was an important cog in a Saints offensive attack that ranked amongst the NFL's best over his tenure in New Orleans (2004-2008), as he blocked for some of the franchise's most productive tailbacks including Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas. Karney, who was among the club's strongest players, was a rugged blocker who emerged as one of the league's top fullbacks during his career. A second-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press in 2006, Karney hauled in 53 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns during his five seasons with the black and gold. He also was a viable option in short-yardage situations, rushing 39 times for 79 yards and five touchdowns. Karney opened 46 of 75 games with the Saints and his durability allowed the club to typically carry only one fullback on the roster since he was drafted in the fifth round in 2004. The individual highlight of Karney's career took place in a 42-17 thrashing of Dallas on December 10, 2006, when he became the first fullback in franchise history to score three touchdowns.

FUEL YOUR FIRE: While NFL players consume between 5,000-10,000 calories each day during training camp, they're also burning 2,000-3,000 calories on the field daily. The calories they eat come in the form of healthy foods with high-carbohydrate and protein content, as well as from drinks like milk, smoothies, and sports drinks. The most important meal of the day Breakfast: Egg whites, oatmeal, turkey bacon, fresh fruit, whole grain cereal, whole grain toast, omelets with sautéed vegetables, yogurt. Snacks: Many NFL players will have at least two healthy snacks per day, which might consist of: whole fruit, turkey meatballs, protein shake and smoothies, nuts and nut butters, hummus on gluten-free toast with chopped avocados and turkey bacon. Lunch: Lunch for many NFL players will be served in the form of a sandwich, wrap or salad. Favorites around the league include: bunless turkey burgers, salads with protein and grilled chicken and vegetables. Dinner: Dinner for NFL players consists of – you guessed it – lean protein, vegetables and healthy carbs such as: bison burger with sweet potatoes & mixed veggies, Turkey meatloaf with pesto pasta & sautéed vegetables, Lean ground-beef lasagna, Grilled chicken breast, Steak and potatoes

DRY NEEDLE THERAPY: Saints players have to recover quickly, so they can keep training and working out while receiving treatment in preparation for gameday. Dry needling is a technique that the Saints training staff uses that's minimally invasive and reduces the need for medication and painkillers. It directly targets a trigger point without bruising surrounding tissue and can address the problem with pin point precision and remove the source of the pain. Trigger point dry needling can provide lasting pain relief for athletes with typically no recovery time needed.

#CANTGUARDMIKE: Since being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, the Ohio State product owns the league record with 321 receptions in his first three seasons, he ranks fifth in receiving yards with 3,787 (80.6 ypg.), tied for sixth with 23 touchdowns and ranks second in first downs (207) and yards after the catch (1,434) since taking the league by storm in 2016.

DID YOU KNOW: On August 1, 2019, newly signed New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray became a man of his word. In August 2018, Murray made a bet with fellow upstate New Yorker, WNBA star Breanna Stewart, that if she won the WNBA MVP he would get a tattoo of her. Stewart ended up winning the WNBA MVP award and Murray kept his word and even invited Breanna to go to the tattoo parlor with him. Stewart worked on the tattoo herself, which depicts her as the Statue of Liberty. Watch the video link here:

TOMORROW: The Saints will hold their final training camp practice that's open to the public tomorrow at 10:15 a.m., before they travel to New York to take on the Jets on Saturday, August 24, with kickoff set for 6:30pm.

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