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?
Following the conclusion of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and now mandatory minicamps on June 18, the NFL teams will have their eyes set on training camps. For the first time in NFL history, there will be a unified start date to the training camps in 2021. Of the 32 teams, 29 will report on Tuesday, July 27. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys are two exceptions, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the third team.
The Cowboys and Steelers will face off in the Hall of Fame Game, meaning they can begin camp on July 21. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will open their training camp on July 24. This is due to the Buccaneers’ first game being played on Thursday, September 9. As they begin their season three days before the rest of the league, they can open training camp three days earlier.
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.
On May 26, NFL owners agreed to allow 90-man rosters to enter training camp in 2021. The first cut to 85 players will be August 17, a second to 80 on August 24, and the final trim to the 53-man roster will be on August 31.
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 some 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 | IBM Performance Field, Flowery Branch, GA
- Baltimore Ravens | Under Armour Performance Center, Owing Mills, MD
- Buffalo Bills | ADPRO Training Center, Orchard Park, NY
- Carolina Panthers | Gibbs Stadium, 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 | Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, TX
- Denver Broncos | UCHealth Training Center, Englewood, CO
- Detroit Lions | Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, MI
- Green Bay Packers | Schneider Stadium, De Pere, WI
- Houston Texans | Houston Methodist Training Center, Houston, TX
- Indianapolis Colts | Grand Park, Westfield, IN
- Jacksonville Jaguars | Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
- Kansas City Chiefs | Spratt Stadium Complex at 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 | Microsemi Field, 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 | Chuck Noll Field, Latrobe, PA
- San Francisco 49ers | San Francisco 49ers Complex, Santa Clara, CA
- Seattle Seahawks | Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, WA
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers | AdventHealth Training Center, Tampa, FL
- Tennessee Titans | Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, TN
- Washington Football Team | Bon Secours Washington Football Team Training Center, Richmond 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.
What do NFL teams and players look for in training camps?
Training camps allow coaches and staff to observe the talent on their rosters and the players they should keep an eye on. It is also an important time for players to return to football shape before the beginning of the 2021 campaign.
It is especially key for players — both rookies and veterans who sat out the 2020 season. While maintaining health is the main priority for teams, they must examine the state of their rosters and set realistic expectations for the coming year.
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