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Cowboys, Dolphins open NFL training camp season

Our long national nightmare is almost over -- training camp starts next week! Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming schedule.


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:


Team Site Location Rookies Veterans
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


Team Site Location Rookies Veterans
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.

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