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NFL Training Camps 2021 Open This Week

NFL clubs this week begin on-field preparations for the 2021 season.

The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, who meet in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on August 5 (8:00 PM ET, FOX) in Canton, OH, have rookies and veterans reporting Wednesday and will be the first clubs to have their entire teams on-site.  

The defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who host Dallas in the league’s annual primetime kickoff game on September 9 (8:20 PM ET, NBC), have rookies reporting on Tuesday, with veterans reporting on Saturday.  

Also on Tuesday, rookies will report for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and New York Jets. For every club except Dallas, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, veterans will report Tuesday, July 27.

On Saturday, July 31, for the first time ever, all 32 clubs will hold practice with club-led fan events.

July 31 will be branded as Training Camp: Back Together Saturday Fuelled By Gatorade, with NFL Network providing 13 hours of live coverage, beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” kicks off July 26, providing extensive coverage of training camps throughout the summer.

In a growing trend, 23 clubs have scheduled joint practices with other teams.

The Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams (August 7 at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA) are the first teams scheduled to see another club’s jersey during camp.

The Rams are among seven teams that will practice against multiple opponents.

Carolina, Miami, New England, the New York Giants, New York Jets and Philadelphia also will see two foes in camp.

This summer will also feature the return of several clubs holding camp away from their facilities, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced every team to “stay home” for camp last year.

Four clubs will be spending the entirety of camp away from their facilities – Carolina (Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC), Dallas (Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA), Indianapolis (Grand Park in Westfield, IN) and Kansas City (Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO).

Washington will spend its first five days of camp at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA, before returning home to its facility in Ashburn, VA, for the remainder of camp.

Not including last year, the 27 clubs (84 percent) that are opting to “stay home” this summer are the most since 2000.

Teams considered to be “staying home” hold camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

2021 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

DATEGAMENETWORK (TIME)
Thursday, August 5NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OHPittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas CowboysFOX (8:00 PM)
   
Preseason Week 1  
Thursday, August 12Washington Football Team at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:30 PM)
Friday, August 13Buffalo Bills at Detroit LionsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 13Dallas Cowboys at Arizona CardinalsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Miami Dolphins at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Denver Broncos at Minnesota VikingsNFLN (4:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville JaguarsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 15Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis ColtsNFLN (1:00 PM)
   
Preseason Week 2  
Thursday, August 19New England Patriots at Philadelphia EaglesNFLN (7:30 PM)
Friday, August 20Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona CardinalsESPN (8:00 PM)
Friday, August 20Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football TeamNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21Buffalo Bills at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21New York Jets at Green Bay PackersNFLN (4:25 PM)
Saturday, August 21Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh SteelersNFLN (7:30 PM)
Saturday, August 21Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 22New York Giants at Cleveland BrownsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 22San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles ChargersNFLN (7:30 PM)
Monday, August 23Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans SaintsESPN (8:00 PM)
   
Preseason Week 3
Friday, August 27Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Green Bay Packers at Buffalo BillsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Chicago Bears at Tennessee TitansNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle SeahawksNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas CowboysNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati BengalsCBS (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Las Vegas Raiders at San Francisco 49ersNFLN (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29New England Patriots at New York GiantsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Cleveland Browns at Atlanta FalconsNBC (8:00 PM)

*Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets.

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