NFL clubs this week begin on-field preparations for the 2021 season. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, who meet in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on August 5 (8:00 PM ET, FOX) in Canton, OH, have rookies and veterans reporting Wednesday and will be the first clubs to have their entire teams on-site.  

The defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who host Dallas in the league’s annual primetime kickoff game on September 9 (8:20 PM ET, NBC), have rookies reporting on Tuesday, with veterans reporting on Saturday.  

Also on Tuesday, rookies will report for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and New York Jets. For every club except Dallas, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, veterans will report Tuesday, July 27.

On Saturday, July 31, for the first time ever, all 32 clubs will hold practice with club-led fan events. July 31 will be branded as Training Camp: Back Together Saturday Fueled By Gatorade, with NFL Network providing 13 hours of live coverage, beginning at 9:00 AM ET. NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” kicks off July 26, providing extensive coverage of training camps throughout the summer.

In a growing trend, 21 clubs have scheduled joint practices with other teams. The Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams (August 7 at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA) are the first teams scheduled to see another club’s jersey during camp. The Rams are among seven teams that will practice against multiple opponents. Carolina, Miami, New England, the New York Giants, New York Jets and Philadelphia also will see two foes in camp.

This summer will also feature the return of several clubs holding camp away from their facilities, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced every team to “stay home” for camp last year.

Five clubs will be spending the entirety of camp away from their facilities – Carolina (Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC), Dallas (Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA), Indianapolis (Grand Park in Westfield, IN), Kansas City (Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO) and the Los Angeles Rams (University of California, Irvine). Washington will spend its first five days of camp at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA, before returning home to its facility in Ashburn, VA, for the remainder of camp. 

Not including last year, the 26 clubs (81 percent) that are opting to “stay home” this summer are the most since 2000. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold 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.

The number of NFL teams that stayed home for the entirety of training camp since 2000:

YEARNFL TEAMS WITH HOMETRAINING CAMPS (PCT.) YEARNFL TEAMS WITH HOME
TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)
200010 of 31 (32%) 201119 of 32 (59%)
20019 of 31 (29%) 201219 of 32 (59%)
200210 of 32 (31%) 201320 of 32 (63%)
200314 of 32 (44%) 201420 of 32 (63%)
200415 of 32 (47%) 201521 of 32 (66%)
200517 of 32 (53%) 201620 of 32 (63%)
200615 of 32 (47%) 201721 of 32 (66%)
200716 of 32 (50%) 201821 of 32 (66%)
200815 of 32 (47%) 201922 of 32 (69%)
200917 of 32 (53%) 2020*32 of 32 (100%)
201017 of 32 (53%) 202126 of 32 (81%)


The following is a list of joint-practice sessions scheduled for 2021:

FIRST SESSIONTRAVELING TEAMHOST TEAMLOCATION
8/7L.A. RamsDallasOxnard, CA
8/11DenverMinnesotaEagan, MN
8/11MiamiChicagoLake Forest, IL
8/12CarolinaIndianapolisWestfield, IN
8/16New EnglandPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA
8/18AtlantaMiamiMiami Gardens, FL
8/18BaltimoreCarolinaSpartanburg, SC
8/18Las VegasL.A. RamsIrvine, CA
8/18N.Y. JetsGreen BayGreen Bay, WI
8/18TennesseeTampa BayTampa, FL
8/19N.Y. GiantsClevelandBerea, OH
8/19San FranciscoL.A. ChargersCosta Mesa, CA
8/24PhiladelphiaN.Y. JetsFlorham Park, NJ
8/25N.Y. GiantsNew EnglandFoxborough, MA

The following is a list of training-camp sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

TEAMSITELOCATIONROOKIESVETERANS
ArizonaState Farm StadiumGlendale, AZ7/227/27
AtlantaIMB Performance FieldFlowery Branch, GA7/277/27
BaltimoreUnder Armour Performance CenterOwings Mills, MD7/207/27
BuffaloADPRO Training CenterOrchard Park, NY7/207/27
CarolinaWofford CollegeSpartanburg, SC7/277/27
ChicagoHalas HallLake Forest, IL7/247/27
CincinnatiPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH7/247/27
ClevelandCleveland Browns Training FacilityBerea, OH7/247/27
DallasMarriott Residence Inn at River RidgeOxnard, CA7/217/21
DenverUCHealth Training CenterEnglewood, CO7/247/27
DetroitDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, MI7/247/27
Green BayLambeau FieldGreen Bay, WI7/237/27
HoustonHouston Texans Training FacilityHouston, TX7/257/27
IndianapolisGrand ParkWestfield, IN7/247/27
JacksonvilleTIAA Bank FieldJacksonville, FL7/207/27
Kansas CityMissouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO7/237/27
Las VegasIntermountain Healthcare Performance CenterHenderson, NV7/247/27
L.A. ChargersHoag Performance Center &Jack Hammett Sports ComplexCosta Mesa, CA7/277/27
L.A. RamsUniversity of California, IrvineIrvine, CA7/257/27
MiamiBaptist Health Training ComplexMiami Gardens, FL7/277/27
MinnesotaTCO Performance CenterEagan, MN7/257/27
New EnglandGillette StadiumFoxborough, MA7/207/27
New OrleansOchsner Sports Performance CenterMetairie, LA7/257/27
N.Y. GiantsQuest Diagnostics Training CenterEast Rutherford, NJ7/217/27
N.Y. JetsAtlantic Health Jets Training CenterFlorham Park, NJ7/207/27
PhiladelphiaNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, PA7/277/27
PittsburghHeinz FieldPittsburgh, PA7/217/21
San FranciscoSAP Performance FacilitySanta Clara, CA7/277/27
SeattleVirginia Mason Athletic CenterRenton, WA7/277/27
Tampa BayAdventHealth Training CenterTampa, FL7/207/24
TennesseeSt. Thomas Sports ParkNashville, TN7/247/27
WashingtonBon Secours Training Center (Richmond) &INOVA Sports Performance Center (Ashburn)Richmond, VA (7/27-7/31), Ashburn, VA (8/1-9/3)7/277/27

2021 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

DATEGAMENETWORK (TIME)
   
Thursday, August 5NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OHPittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas CowboysFOX (8:00 PM)
   
Preseason Week 1  
Thursday, August 12Washington Football Team at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:30 PM)
Friday, August 13Buffalo Bills at Detroit LionsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 13Dallas Cowboys at Arizona CardinalsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Miami Dolphins at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Denver Broncos at Minnesota VikingsNFLN (4:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville JaguarsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 15Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis ColtsNFLN (1:00 PM)
   
Preseason Week 2  
   
Thursday, August 19New England Patriots at Philadelphia EaglesNFLN (7:30 PM)
Friday, August 20Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona CardinalsESPN (8:00 PM)
Friday, August 20Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football TeamNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21Buffalo Bills at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21New York Jets at Green Bay PackersNFLN (4:25 PM)
Saturday, August 21Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh SteelersNFLN (7:30 PM)
Saturday, August 21Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 22New York Giants at Cleveland BrownsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 22San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles ChargersNFLN (7:30 PM)
Monday, August 23Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans SaintsESPN (8:00 PM)
   
Preseason Week 3
   
Friday, August 27Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Green Bay Packers at Buffalo BillsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Chicago Bears at Tennessee TitansNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 28Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle SeahawksNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas CowboysNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati BengalsCBS (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Las Vegas Raiders at San Francisco 49ersNFLN (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29New England Patriots at New York GiantsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Sunday, August 29Cleveland Browns at Atlanta FalconsNBC (8:00 PM)