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NFL ROOKIE TRAINING CAMPS SET TO COMMENCE

Back to work!

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2017 this week, starting Wednesday, July 19 as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will take on the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 3; NBC, 8:00 PM ET), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Friday, July 21. By Saturday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (21 of 32, 66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training 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.

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” says Saints owner TOM BENSON. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

The numbers may prove that training at home is a popular league-wide trend, but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” says Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN on holding training camp at St. Vincent College. “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return for their 60th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEARNFL TEAMS WITH HOME

TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

 YEARNFL TEAMS WITH HOME

TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

200010 of 31 (32%) 200917 of 32 (53%)
20019 of 31 (29%) 201017 of 32 (53%)
200210 of 32 (31%) 201119 of 32 (59%)
200314 of 32 (44%) 201219 of 32 (59%)
200415 of 32 (47%) 201320 of 32 (63%)
200517 of 32 (53%) 201420 of 32 (63%)
200615 of 32 (47%) 201521 of 32 (66%)
200716 of 32 (50%) 201620 of 32 (63%)
200815 of 32 (47%) 201721 of 32 (66%)
*Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAMTRAINING CAMPCITYYEARS
Green Bay PackersSaint Norbert CollegeDe Pere, WI60
Minnesota VikingsMinnesota State University, MankatoMankato, MN52
Pittsburgh SteelersSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, PA52

Following is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

AFC

TEAMSITELOCATIONROOKIESVETERANS
BaltimoreUnder Armour Performance CenterOwings Mills, MD7/197/26
BuffaloSt. John Fisher CollegeRochester, NY7/267/26
CincinnatiPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH7/257/27
ClevelandCleveland Browns Training ComplexBerea, OH7/237/26
DenverUCHealth Training CenterEnglewood, CO7/237/26
HoustonThe GreenbrierWhite Sulphur Springs, WV7/257/25
IndianapolisIndiana Farm Bureau Football CenterIndianapolis, IN7/247/29
JacksonvilleFlorida Blue Health & Wellness Practice FieldsJacksonville, FL7/197/26
Kansas CityMissouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO7/247/27
LA ChargersJack Hammett Sports ComplexCosta Mesa, CA7/297/29
MiamiBaptist Health Training FacilityDavie, FL7/207/26
New EnglandGillette StadiumFoxboro, MA7/247/26
NY JetsAtlantic Health Jets Training CenterFlorham Park, NJ7/287/28
OaklandNapa Valley MarriottNapa, CA7/247/28
PittsburghSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, PA7/277/27
TennesseeSaint Thomas Sports ParkNashville, TN7/287/28

NFC

TEAMSITELOCATIONROOKIESVETERANS
ArizonaUniversity of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ7/217/21
AtlantaAtlanta Falcons Training FacilityFlowery Branch, GA7/267/26
CarolinaWofford CollegeSpartanburg, SC7/257/25
ChicagoOlivet Nazarene UniversityBourbonnais, IL7/197/26
DallasMarriott Residence InnOxnard, CA7/197/22
DetroitDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, MI7/247/29
Green BaySt. Norbert CollegeDe Pere, WI7/267/26
LA RamsUniversity of California, IrvineIrvine, CA7/267/28
MinnesotaMinnesota State University, MankatoMankato, MN7/237/26
New OrleansNew Orleans Saints Training FacilityMetairie, LA7/197/26
NY GiantsQuest Diagnostics Training CenterEast Rutherford, NJ7/277/27
PhiladelphiaNovaCare Training ComplexPhiladelphia, PA7/237/26
San FranciscoSAP Performance FacilitySanta Clara, CA7/277/27
SeattleVirginia Mason Athletic CenterRenton, WA7/297/29
Tampa BayOne Buccaneer PlaceTampa, FL7/257/27
WashingtonBon Secours Washington Redskins Training CenterRichmond, VA7/267/26

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

2017 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

 DATE GAME  NETWORK (TIME)
   
 Thursday, August 3 Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH:  Arizona vs. Dallas NBC (8:00 PM)
   
 Preseason Week 2 (August 17-21)
   
 Thursday, August 17 Tampa Bay at Jacksonville ESPN (8:00 PM)
 Monday, August 21 New York Giants at Cleveland ESPN (8:00 PM)

 

 Preseason Week 3 (August 24-27)
   
 Friday, August 25 Kansas City at Seattle CBS (8:00 PM)
 Saturday, August 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams CBS (8:00 PM)
 Sunday, August 27 Chicago at Tennessee FOX (1:00 PM)
 Sunday, August 27 Cincinnati at Washington FOX (4:30 PM)
 Sunday, August 27 San Francisco at Minnesota NBC (8:00 PM)

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