It’s Back to work!

Back to sweating, lifting weights, meetings, running the same play over and over again, sleeping in dorms, fighting those rookies and free agents for jobs.

It’s time to go to camp.

Bring the bug spray and hydrate.

It’s a chance for rookies to shine, for veterans coming off an injury to prove they’ve still got it and for free agents to hook on with a team, even if it’s on the special teams. It’s new coaches and staffs seeing what their teams look like on the field in practice and pre-season games.

It’s also the time of year where tempers will be tested and there will be fights among teammates and players that don’t make the cut will be released with the words “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.”

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2016 this week, starting with the New Orleans Saints when their rookies report. The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions rookies will head to camp on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, respectively.

The Green Bay Packers, who will take on the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game (Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. on ESPN), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Monday, July 25. By Saturday, July 30, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (19 of 32, 59 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. In 2000, only five of 31 (16 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“It’s a great set-up here at home,” says Eagles first-year head coach Doug Pederson of the team conducting training camp at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia. He told the Philadelphia Enquirer, “I like the idea of doing it right here in our backyard where we are comfortable. That part makes it nice. You can come right in off the practice field and your film is ready to go. And the way the setup is here, it’s awesome.”

The numbers may prove home-base popularity is a growing league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of encamping away.

The Rams are one of the teams that “come together” away from home (University of California – Irvine in Irvine, California), as they return to Los Angeles in 2016 for the first time in two decades.

“We look forward to training at UCI in preparation for the 2016 season,” says Rams head coach JEFF FISHER. “Their facilities are top-notch and we’re excited to welcome our fans to their campus and also to the Coliseum as we gear up for the start of the season,” he told the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV.

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Packers, who return for their 59th 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:

2000 – 5 of 31 (16%)
2001 – 5 of 31 (16%)
2002 – 7 of 32 (22%)
2003 – 12 of 32 (38%)
2004 – 12 of 32 (38%)
2005 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2006 – 13 of 32 (41%)
2007 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2008 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 18 of 32 (56%)
2013 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2014 – 18 of 32 (56%)
2015 – 20 of 32 (62.5%)
2016 – 19 of 32 (59%)

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (59)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State, Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota (51)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (51)

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

Baltimore Ravens: Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies 7/22; Veterans 7/27)
Buffalo Bills: St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York (Rookies 7/28; Veterans 7/29)
Cincinnati Bengals: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio (Rookies 7/26; Veterans 7/28)
Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/28)
Denver Broncos: Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre in Englewood, Colorado (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/27)
Houston Texans: Houston Methodist Training Center in Houston, Texas (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/25)
Indianapolis Colts: Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana (Rookies and Veterans 7/26)
Jacksonville Jaguars: Practice Fields at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/27)
Kansas City Chiefs: Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies 7/26; Veterans 7/29)
Miami Dolphins: Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida (Rookies and Veterans 7/28)
New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/27)
New York Jets: Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Oakland Raiders: Napa Valley Training Complex in Napa, California (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/28)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies 7/27; Veterans 7/28)
San Diego Chargers: Chargers Park in San Diego, California (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)
Tennessee Titans: Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)

Arizona Cardinals: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/28)
Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Carolina Panthers: Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Chicago Bears: Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Dallas Cowboys: River Ridge Playing Fields in Oxnard, California (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)
Detroit Lions: Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies 7/23; Veterans 7/28)
Green Bay Packers: St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans 7/25)
Los Angeles Rams: University of California at Irvine in Irvine, California (Rookies 7/27; Veterans 7/29)
Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota State University – Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota (Rookies and Veterans 7/28)
New Orleans Saints: The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia (Rookies reported 7/20; Veterans 7/27)
New York Giants: Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans 7/28)
Philadelphia Eagles: NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/27)
San Francisco 49ers: SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans 7/30)
Seattle Seahawks: Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, washington (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/27)
Washington Redskins: Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virgnia (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)

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.


Sunday, August 7
NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio – Green Bay vs. Indianapolis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Preseason Week 1 (August 11-15)

Saturday, August 13
Dallas at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Preseason Week 3 (August 25-28)

Thursday, August 25
Atlanta at Miami, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Friday, August 26
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Saturday, August 27
Tennessee at Oakland, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, August 28
San Diego at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, August 28
Arizona at Houston, 4 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 8 p.m. (NBC)