Archives for category: 2018 NFL Preseason

The dates are finally set.

Rookies fighting for NFL jobs, as well as free agents and veterans trying to stay with their teams will come to camp. There will be some chippiness and a few fights as well among teammates.

There’ll be heat, humidity, bugs, sleeping in dorms, learning playbooks that are bigger than most college text books, as you are trying to be one of 53 players that hopefully will be on an NFL roster when the season starts the Thursday after Labor Day.

If a rookie thought the Senior Bowl was easy or if a free agent thought he was going to make it, this is in of itself a job interview. It’s a chance to get a game check every week for 17 weeks (yes, NFL players get paid weekly).  It’s not about sitting around the campfire and eat s’mores. It’s learning a new playbook, new terminology and new names.

Training camp is not just a chance to see what all 32 teams have to either keep their hands on the Lombardi Trophy or have a chance to get their own. It’s also a chance for their respective fan base to make their own determinations and hope that they have a better season than they did in 2017. Players will work to impress their coaches and fan bases and hope they don’t hear the dreaded words that come from an assistant coach, ball boy or equipment guy, “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” Those words usually mean you’re getting cut or you’ve been cut. Most teams will play four pre-season games, while teams that play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton will get five games. That’s a lot of film to look at and see who stays and who goes.

All 32 teams will have their camps close enough for their fan base to come out and see them. Only Houston and Dallas will not have camps in the state of Texas (Houston will go to West Virginia, while Dallas will travel to the West Coast and train in California), so that means you’ll have to make travel plans.

Hydrate, don’t forget the bug spray, get those photos and autographs and mind your manners. After all, these guys have work to do.

Below are the sites and dates for all 32 teams. Where there are two dates listed, the first date listed is the date for rookies to report, while the second date is for veteran players (most teams will have both rookies and veterans report on the same day). Check with your team as to practice times and if those practices are open to the public.

Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies – 7/22, Veterans – 7/27)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies – 7/23, Veterans – 7/26)
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies – 7/11, Veterans – 7/18)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio (Rookies – 7/23, Veterans – 7/25)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois – (Rookies – 7/16, Veterans – 7/19)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado (Rookies – 7/24, Veterans – 7/27)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies – 7/19, Veterans – 7/26)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Indianapolis – Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana (Rookies – 7/22, Veterans – 7/25)
Jacksonville – TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies – 7/18, Veterans – 7/25)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies – 7/22, Veterans – 7/25)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans – 7/27)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California (Rookies – 7/23, Veterans – 7/25)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies – 7/18, Veterans – 7/25)
Minnesota – TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minnesota (Rookies – 7/24, Veterans – 7/27)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies – 7/22, Veterans – 7/25)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies – 7/18, Veterans – 7/25)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies – 7/22, Veterans – 7/25)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies – 7/25, Veterans – 7/26)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies – 7/23, Veterans – 7/26)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies – 7/24, Veterans – 7/25)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans – 7/25)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida (Rookies – 7/23, Veterans – 7/25)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies – 7/22, Veterans – 7/25)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans 7/25)

Round one is in the books.

The NFL Draft has come and gone and now it’s time for round two. For the teams that didn’t make the post-season, it’s a chance to improve their place in the standings. For those that were in the playoffs last year, it’s a chance to return to the post-season party. For the Eagles, it’s a chance to defend their title, while the other 31 teams will want a chance to knock them off the mountain. For all 32 teams, it’s a chance to knock off some rust and see what talent they have and will eventually need.

The National Football League announced the calendar for voluntary offseason workout programs, which are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players. The calendar for 2018 is below.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

New head coaches are entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players had to be conducted prior to the NFL Draft (April 26-28) but no earlier than week three of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21. This year, seven clubs will hold voluntary veteran minicamps, as noted below.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2018 may begin on May 14. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps are noted below.

For specific information and detailed offseason program rules, please see Articles 21 and 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (beginning on page 131), available on nflcommunications.com.

The NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar (dates are tentative and subject to change at the discretion of individual clubs):

ARIZONA
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 15-17, May 22-24, June 4-5, June 7-8
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

ATLANTA
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21, May 23-24, May 30-31, June 1, June 4-5, June 7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

BALTIMORE
OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31, June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

BUFFALO
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-5, June 7-8
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-12

CAROLINA
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-12

CHICAGO
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 15-17, May 22-24, May 29-31, June 1
Mandatory Minicamp: June 5-7
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

CINCINNATI
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

CLEVELAND
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

DALLAS
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-6
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

DENVER
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

DETROIT
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 30-31, June 11-12, June 14
Mandatory Minicamp: June 5-7
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

GREEN BAY
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-23, May 30-31, June 1, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

HOUSTON
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-5, June 7-8
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

INDIANAPOLIS
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 30-31, June 1, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

JACKSONVILLE
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22, May 24-25, May 29, May 31, June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

KANSAS CITY
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 5-8
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 5-7

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

LOS ANGEELS RAMS
OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-12

MIAMI
OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14
Mandatory Minicamp: June 5-7
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

MINNESOTA
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

NEW ENGLAND
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 30-31, June 1, June 11-12, June 14-15
Mandatory Minicamp: June 5-7
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

NEW ORLEANS
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

NEW YORK GIANTS
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-12

NEW YORK JETS
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

OAKLAND
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

PHILADELPHIA
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29, May 31, June 1, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

PITTSBURGH
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

SAN FRANCISCO
OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 21-22, May 24, May 29-30, June 1, June 4-5, June 7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

SEATTLE
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-30, June 1, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6

TAMPA BAY
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

TENNESSEE
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-30, June 1, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-13

WASHINGTON
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14
Rookie Minicamp: May 11-12

 

 

It’s a chance for coaches to evaulate rookies and free agents.

It’s also a chance for fans to see their teams for the first time since last January.

While these don’t count, it’s also a chance to work on those tailgating skills.

Even though it’s preseason, are you ready for some football?

The NFL announced Wednesday that they have finalized its 65-game 2018 preseason schedule, which includes a slate of eight nationally-televised games. Start times will be announced later and the 2018 regular season schedule will come out after the draft.

The 2018 preseason will kick off on Thursday, August 2 on NBC at 8 p.m. in Canton, Ohio when Chicago faces off against  Baltimore in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.

The following is the complete 2018 NFL preseason national television, along with the week-by-week schedule:

2018 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Times listed are Eastern)

Thursday, August 2
NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio: Chicago vs. Baltimore, 8 p.m. on NBC

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)

Thursday, August 16
New York Jets at Washington, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Monday, August 20
Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Preseason Week 3 (August 23-26)

Thursday, August 23
Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 p.m. on FOX

Friday, August 24
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. on CBS

Saturday, August 25
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. on CBS

Sunday, August 26
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 4 p.m. on FOX
Arizona at Dallas, 8 p.m. on NBC

2018 NFL PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 2
Chicago vs. Baltimore

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
ATLANTA at New York Jets
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona
Los Angees Rams at Baltimore
Carolina at Buffalo
Chicago at Cincinnati
Minnesota at Denver
Tennessee at Green Bay
New Orleans at Jacksonville
Houston at Kansas City
Tampa Bay at Miami
Washington at New England
Cleveland at New York Giants
Detroit at Oakland
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Dallas at San Francisco
Indianapolis at Seattle

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 16-20
Kansas City at ATLANTA
Miami at Carolina
Buffalo at Cleveland
Cincinnati at Dallas
Chicago at Denver
New York Giants at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Green Bay
San Francisco at Houston
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Seattle at Los Angeles Chargers
Oakland at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville at Minnesota
Philadelphia at New England
Arizona at New Orleans
Tampa Bay at Tennessee
New York Jets at Washington

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 23-26
ATLANTA at Jacksonville
Cincinnati at Buffalo
New England at Carolina
Kansas City at Chicago
Philadelphia at Cleveland
Arizona at Dallas
San Francisco at Indianapolis
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers
Houston at Los Angeles Rams
Baltimore at Miami
Seattle at Minnesota
New York Giants at New York Jets
Green Bay at Oakland
Tennessee at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Denver at Washington

WEEK 4 – AUGUST 30-31
Miami at ATLANTA
Denver at Arizona
Washington at Baltimore
Buffalo at Chicago
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Cleveland at Detroit
Dallas at Houston
Green Bay at Kansas City
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
New England at New York Giants
New York Jets at Philadelphia
Carolina at Pittsburgh
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco
Oakland at Seattle
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay
Minnesota at Tennessee