The 2021 NFL offseason continues on with rookie minicamps and mandatory OTAs now in the books. Next up is the final part of the NFL 2021 offseason program — training camp. Let’s examine the dates that the 32 NFL teams will head into training camp in 2021, what we can expect to see, and where teams will be basing themselves for training camp.
When are the 2021 NFL training camps?
The 2021 NFL season will see the first time in history that there is a unified start date for the majority of training camps. Out of the 32 teams, 29 will report on Tuesday, July 27. The three teams that are exceptions to that are the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cowboys and Steelers can head to camp on Wednesday, July 21. The reason for this is that both sides are starting their preseason schedule a week earlier at the Hall of Fame Game. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers can head to camp on Saturday, July 24. The Buccaneers can report earlier than the other teams as they begin their regular season schedule three days earlier than the remaining teams on Thursday, September 9.
Teams can choose to have their rookies report to camp up to seven days earlier than veterans. Not all teams will do this, with some choosing to bring them in just a few days ahead, and others having all of the team report simultaneously.
Who will be attending NFL training camps?
All players on the team’s current roster are expected to report to training camps. No matter their injury or tenure status on their team, players must attend training camp or risk being cut. Strict rules have been put in place in terms of players and coaches based on their vaccination status.
After reduced roster sizes for training camp in 2020, the NFL will go back to a more standard 90-man roster in 2021. However, they have changed the structure when it comes to cutting down that roster. Rather than carrying all 90 players through the entire preseason, there will be three cut-down dates. On August 17, all 32 teams will be expected to reduce their roster from 90 to 85. They will then have to go down to 80 on August 24. The final cutdown will see the roster reduced to the 53-man roster that teams will enter the season with.
Where are the 2021 training camps being held?
After the 2020 NFL season saw teams holding training camps at their own facilities, the situation is somewhat more relaxed in 2021. Teams can return to their offsite training camp locations, but strict protocols must still be followed. That has led to many teams deciding to remain at their own facilities again in 2021. Here is a list of where each team is expected to conduct their training camp activities:
- Arizona Cardinals | State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- Atlanta Falcons | IMB Performance Field, Flowery Branch, GA
- Baltimore Ravens | Under Armour Performance Center, Owing Mills, MD
- Buffalo Bills | ADPRO Training Center, Orchard Park, NY
- Carolina Panthers | Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
- Chicago Bears | Halas Hall, Lake Forest, IL
- Cincinnati Bengals | Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
- Cleveland Browns | Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Berea, OH
- Dallas Cowboys | Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge, Oxnard, CA
- Denver Broncos | UC Health Training Center, Englewood, CO
- Detroit Lions | Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, MI
- Green Bay Packers | Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
- Houston Texans | Houston Texans Training Center, Houston, TX
- Indianapolis Colts | Grand Park, Westfield, IN
- Jacksonville Jaguars | TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
- Kansas City Chiefs | Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
- Las Vegas Raiders | Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, Henderson, NV
- Los Angeles Chargers | Jack Hammett Sports Complex, Costa Mesa, CA
- Los Angeles Rams | University of California, Irvine, CA
- Miami Dolphins | Baptist Health Training Center, Miami Gardens, FL
- Minnesota Vikings | Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Eagan, MN
- New England Patriots | Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
- New Orleans Saints | Ochsner Sports Performance Center, Metairie, LA
- New York Giants | Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, NJ
- New York Jets | Atlantic Health Training Center, Florham Park, NJ
- Philadelphia Eagles | Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Training Complex, Philadelphia, PA
- Pittsburgh Steelers | Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
- San Francisco 49ers | SAP Performance Field, Santa Clara, CA
- Seattle Seahawks | Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, WA
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers | AdventHealth Training Center, Tampa, FL
- Tennessee Titans | St. Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, TN
- Washington Football Team | Bon Secours Washington Football Team Training Center, Richmond VA & INOVA Sports Performance Center, Ashburn, VA
What should we expect from training camps?
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the first three days of training camp must contain no contact. On the fourth and fifth days, players are permitted to go full speed in helmets and light practice gear called “spiders and shells.” The sixth day is a mandatory day off, and then the seventh is when players will wield pads for the first time in the offseason.
With players practicing full speed, it is common for explosive and non-contact injuries to happen. With players also bumping into each other and trying to prove their worth, it is unlikely teams will come out with an empty injury report.
Will we see joint practices during training camp in 2021 and what dates will they be?
There is set to be a total of 14 joint practice sessions held during the 2021 training camp period. Here is the full list of joint practices that are set to be held in 2021:
- Rams & Cowboys, 8/7, Oxnard, CA
- Broncos & Vikings, 8/11, Eagan, MN
- Dolphins & Bears, 8/11, Lake Forest, IL
- Panthers & Colts, 8/12, Westfield, IN
- Patriots & Eagles, 8/16, Philadelphia, PA
- Falcons & Dolphins, 8/18, Miami Garden, FL
- Ravens & Panthers, 8/18, Spartanburg, SC
- Raiders & Rams, 8/18, Irvine, CA
- Jets & Packers, 8/18, Green Bay, WI
- Titans & Buccaneers, 8/18, Tampa, FL
- Giants & Browns, 8/19, Berea, OH
- 49ers & Chargers, 8/19, Costa Mesa, CA
- Eagles & Jets, 8/24, Florham Park, NJ
- Giants & Patriots, 8/24, Foxborough, MA
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