Saints’ C.J. Spiller has plenty of help around him as he tries to restart his NFL career with the Saints _lowres

New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (28) tries to get a way form a defender during the team's NFL football training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The Saints aren’t afraid to adopt or try out technology if they believe it could help them improve their practices or illuminate a piece of information that previously existed in the dark.

During last year’s training camp, the team began using GPS readers to better understand how much stress players were putting on their bodies during each practice.

By better understanding which players are working too hard, and thus putting themselves at risk for injury, this technology has helped teams better circumvent soft-tissue injuries.

The team is growing more comfortable with the data after working with it for a full year.

“You are able to look for the exceptions when you are studying numbers,” Payton said. “You are able to study and see maybe something is unusual that stands out.”

The Saints are also using virtual-reality technology that allows players to put on a headset and simulate plays and various situations.

“I think it certainly has a ton of benefits,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “I think we’re in the process of figuring out all the ways we can utilize that from a teaching stand point and learning standpoint and how we’ll carry that over to the regular season but I think it’s extremely effective.”