New Orleans Saints Tackle Ryan Ramczyk
Sunday, July 29 2018
Seems like we've asked every skill position player what it’s like to battle this heat but those linemen have to have a few more reps?
“It is definitely a different type of heat down here. Yesterday was even hotter than today and it’s just something you have to battle through. Obviously, football’s not an easy sport, so it’s just something you have to battle through and keep pushing and adjust to it.”
Speaking of adjustments, how much have you been able to adjust having a full year and a camp under your belt, going into your second?
“It's definitely been nice to kind of know what's going to go on during practice, what’s going to go on during meetings, and understand the playbook already. Then just add onto your knowledge and keep adding on to my craft and what I do.”
Do you sort of look back at it because a year ago you only had what, if we are going by a year ago, four practices because you didn’t do OTA’s and minicamp, so it’s crazy to think of how much has gone in?
“Definitely. I Played all last season and I got a lot of reps there and I still need a lot of improvement, and have a lot of stuff to work on, but I am feeling good right now.”
What's the recovery like in between these practices? Are guys really sore or are you guys always in shape? What's the adjustment period when the full pads come on?
“Everyone's a little different, but recovery is huge. You're out in this heat so your body is already fighting to get the water back in it. You got muscle soreness, fatigue, all that so cold tubs, NormaTec, all that stuff is essential, and later on tonight too.”
What about yourself personally? How do you feel you have been going day to day since you all started?
“I have been feeling pretty good. Obviously, the usual soreness, but I always jump in a cold tub after practice and usually NormaTec, so I recover pretty good.”
You get pretty competitive with the defensive line, but how much more does it get when you put the pads on and are finally able to be a lot more physical?
“(It) Definitely amps it up for sure. The pads come on and then it is live football. The competitiveness comes out in everyone.”
Do you feel like you learn a little bit more about those guys on defense when you do put the pads on? You get a feel for them, but do you learn a little bit more about them?
“Yes. Without pads on everything is so different. When you get the pads on its like he does this, this way, and you are able to kind of feel out how they play. It is hard to describe, it is a different feel.”
What have you seen from Will Clapp in just working out with him a few days now?
“He’s been doing well. OTA’s he did well, and we have been seeing improvements with him as well here at training camp.”
Is Max Unger kind of taking that leadership role with Zach Strief having retired and working as a play-by-play announcer? Is it Terron [Armstead]? He has been one of the guys talking and trying to pull you guys together.
“I would say Max is definitely a big leader, but all the other guys are too. We all come together, we all talk together and confide in each other, and we trust each other so it is pretty special.”
Do you find yourself kind of having more of a voice now with that group as well?
“Yes, I think so. Having a year under my belt, it’s not a lot, but it’s something. I just feel a little bit more confident talking to the younger players and then talking to the older players as well and voicing my opinion.”