The NFL offseason is dark and full of terrors. Thankfully, the worst part of the sports calendar is almost over, with training camps opening next week.
Technically, two camps will be opening this week. The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins get a head start on the rest of the league, as both teams will be opening camp on Saturday due to their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The Cincinnati Bengals, this year's "Hard Knocks" team, start camp on July 24.
For the other 29 teams in the league, they will open camp sometime between the 21st and 27th. Most of the camps will take place at team facilities, unlike training camps of yesteryear, when teams practiced at tiny regional colleges hundreds of miles away from their home city. This year, 19 of 32 teams will be training at home.
Whether it's seeing rookies and free agents for the first time, catching up with veteran favorites, or getting a look at the new defensive scheme, there's always something intriguing to watch at training camps, even if the players aren't wearing pads yet. It's certainly a lot more interesting than talking about Colin Kaepernick's hat.
Here is the complete training camp schedule for all 32 teams. The rookies generally report first, followed by the veterans a couple of days later:
|Baltimore Ravens||Under Armour Performance Center||Owings Mills, MD||7/21||7/24|
|Buffalo Bills||St. John Fisher College||Pittsford, NY||7/22||7/27|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Paul Brown Stadium||Cincinnati, OH||7/24||7/24|
|Cleveland Browns||Cleveland Browns Training Facility||Berea, OH||7/19||7/24|
|Denver Broncos||Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre||Engelwood, CO||7/24||7/24|
|Houston Texans||Methodist Training Center||Houston, TX||7/21||7/25|
|Indianapolis Colts||Anderson University||Anderson, IN||7/23||7/27|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields||Jacksonville, FL||7/25||7/25|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Missouri Western State University||St. Joseph, MO||7/22||7/25|
|Miami Dolphins||Nova Southeastern University||Davie, FL||7/20||7/20|
|New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Foxboro, MA||7/21||7/25|
|New York Jets||SUNY Cortland||Cortland, NY||7/22||7/25|
|Oakland Raiders||Napa Valley Marriott||Napa, CA||7/25||7/25|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Saint Vincent College||Latrobe, PA||7/26||7/26|
|San Diego Chargers||Chargers Park||San Diego, CA||7/24||7/24|
|Tennessee Titans||Baptist Sports Park||Nashville, TN||7/24||7/24|
|Arizona Cardinals||University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale, AZ||7/25||7/25|
|Atlanta Falcons||Atlanta Falcons Training Facility||Flowery Branch, GA||7/24||7/24|
|Carolina Panthers||Wofford College||Spartanburg, SC||7/21||7/25|
|Chicago Bears||Olivet Nazarene University||Bourbonnais, IL||7/25||7/25|
|Dallas Cowboys||City of Oxnard Fields||Oxnard, CA||7/20||7/20|
|Detroit Lions||Detroit Lions Training Facility||Allen Park, MI||7/22||7/25|
|Green Bay Packers*||St. Norbert College||Green Bay, WI||7/25||7/25|
|Minnesota Vikings||Minnesota Stave University||Mankato, MN||7/25||7/25|
|New Orleans Saints||New Orleans Saints Training Facility||Metairie, LA||7/18||7/25|
|New York Giants||Timex Performance Center||East Rutherford, NJ||7/26||7/26|
|Philadelphia Eagles||NovaCare Complex||Philadelphia, PA||7/22||7/25|
|St. Louis Rams||Rams Park Training Center||Earth City, MO||7/21||7/24|
|San Francisco 49ers||Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Center||Santa Clara, CA||7/19||7/24|
|Seattle Seahawks||Virginia Mason Athletic Center||Renton, WA||7/24||7/24|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||One Buccaneer Place||Tampa, FL||7/17||7/24|
|Washington Redskins**||Bon Secours Training Center||Richmond, VA||7/24||7/24|
*--This will be the Packers' 56th straight year at St. Norbert, the longest-tenured training camp site in the NFL.
**--This is the first time since 2003 that the Redskins will not train at Redskins Park.