Here's what you need to know as NFL training camps begin


At long last, after months of OTAs and minicamps, free agency and franchise tags, it's time for NFL training camps to gear up. Here is a quick rundown of the basics for each team (in alphabetical order):

Arizona Cardinals

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium

2016 record: 7-8-1

Rookies report: July 21

Veterans report: July 21

The Cardinals' secondary took a hit this offseason, losing safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger and cornerback Marcus Cooper. The three each started 13 games last season, and Cooper and Swearinger combined for seven interceptions, half of the team's total. Arizona still has safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Brandon Williams, and signed Antoine Bethea to a three-year deal to help rebuild the secondary.

Atlanta Falcons

Location: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

2016 record: 11-5, lost Super Bowl LI

Rookies report: July 26

Veterans report: July 26

After a devastating loss in the Super Bowl to the Patriots, giving up a 28-3 lead, the Falcons come into training camp with basically the same team. The big change: The addition of offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to replace Kyle Shanahan, the new head coach in San Francisco. Sarkisian's last job was as offensive coordinator at Alabama.

Baltimore Ravens 

Location: Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.

2016 record: 8-8

Rookies report: July 19

Veterans report: July 26

The Ravens lost wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to retirement and released tight end Dennis Pitta in June after he suffered a third hip injury, but signed free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, 29, last month. Baltimore also needs to replace two starters on the offensive line: right tackle Rick Wagner and center Jeremy Zuttah.

Buffalo Bills

Location: St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.

2016 record: 7-9

Rookies report: July 26

Veterans report: July 26

The Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan, who was 15-16 in two seasons in Buffalo. His replacement, Sean McDermott, was the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina Panthers

Location: Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.

2016 record: 6-10

Rookies report: July 25

Veterans report: July 25

Cam Newton had surgery on March 30 to repair a slightly torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, but is expected to be ready to throw by the start of camp. The Panthers also drafted former Stanford running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey.

Chicago Bears

Location: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.

2016 record: 3-13

Rookies report: July 19

Veterans report: July 26

Chicago's linebacker group of Leonard Floyd Pernell McPhee, Jerrell Freeman and Danny Travathan battled injuries and suspensions last season. But first-round draft pick Mitchell Trubisky, out of North Carolina, is the one to watch. The Bears have said that Mike Glennon will be their starter, but that won't lessen the attention on the rookie.

Cincinnati Bengals

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati.

2016 record: 6-9-1

Rookies report: July 25

Veterans report: July 27

Cincinnati still has quarterback Andy Dalton, 29, and a strong receiving core that includes six-time Pro-Bowler A.J. Green and Super Bowl champion Brandon LaFell. The Bengals also drafted running back Joe Mixon in the second round as Giovani Bernard recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Mixon had a red flag entering the draft after punching a woman in the face during his time at Oklahoma, but that didn't deter the Bengals.

Cleveland Browns

Location: Berea, Ohio

2016 record: 1-15

Rookies report: July 23

Veterans report: July 26

With 25 starting quarterbacks since 1999, the Browns are still searching for a franchise signal-caller. Returning quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan will battle with Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer for the starting job. Osweiler was one of the worst quarterbacks in 2016 with the Houston Texans, finishing with 15 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 72.2 quarterback rating — 29th in the NFL. Kizer, a second-round pick out of Notre Dame, was traded to the Browns in March.

Dallas Cowboys 

Location: Marriott Residence Inn, Oxnard, Calif.

2016 record: 13-3; lost in the divisional round of playoffs

Rookies: July 19

Veterans: July 22

The marquee names heading into training camp are, of course, Pro Bowlers Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who exploded in their rookie seasons. Prescott won offensive rookie of the year and Elliott finished fourth for NFL MVP behind Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The Cowboys are waiting to hear whether Elliott will face a suspension in the wake of a domestic violence accusation.

Denver Broncos

Location: UCHealth Training Center, Englewood, Colo.

2016 record: 9-7

Rookies report: July 23

Veterans report: July 26

Trevor Siemian, last season's starter, threw for more than 3,400 yards, with 18 touchdowns. However, there will still be a quarterback competition in training camp between Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch. Denver also has a new head coach in Vance Joseph after Gary Kubiak retired due to health issues.

Detroit Lions

Location: Detroit Lion Training Facility, Allen Park, Mich.

2016 record: 9-7

Rookies report: July 24

Veterans report: July 29

The Lions will have big competitions at four positions heading into training camp: left tackle, nickel cornerback, return man and left defensive end. Quarterback Matt Stafford is coming off a good season, throwing for 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Green Bay Packers

Location: St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis.

2016 record: 10-6; lost in the NFC championship game

Rookies report: July 26

Veterans report: July 26

The key positions the defensive line. Last season, Green Bay had only five defensive backs, and in the playoffs, it went to a nickel formation because it didn't have anymore defensive linemen. The Packers added three defensive linemen — Ricky Jean-Francois, Montravius Adams and Izaah Lunsford — in the offseason.

Houston Texans

Location: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

2016 record: 9-7; lost in AFC Divisional round

Rookies report: July 25

Veterans report: July 25

The main position battle is at quarterback: Deshaun Watson, the No. 12 pick out of national champion Clemson, against backup Tom Savage.

Indianapolis Colts

Location: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis

2016 record: 8-8

Rookies report: July 24

Veterans report: July 29

The Colts have one of the best receivers in the league in T.Y. Hilton, and they have 23-year-old Donte Moncrief to draw coverage. What they still need to find: a third wide receiver.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Location: Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville, Fla.

2016 record: 3-13

Rookies report: July 19

Veterans report: July 26

At 3-13, the Jaguars need help in a lot of places. They added LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick, but quarterback Blake Bortles regressed last season — 23 touchdowns, 22 turnovers — after throwing 35 touchdowns in 2015.

Kansas City Chiefs

Location: Missouri Western State, St. Joseph, Mo.

2016 record: 12-4

Rookies report: July 24

Veterans report: July 27

Running back Jamaal Charles, one of the best in the league, tore his right anterior cruciate ligament last October and won't be ready for training camp — and may not be ready to start the season. Backups running backs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West will get most of the snaps.

Los Angeles Chargers

Location: Jack Hammett Sports Complex, Costa Mesa, Calif.

2016 record: 5-11

Rookies report: July 29

Veterans report: July 29

The Chargers have a new home — Los Angeles — and a new coach, Anthony Lynn, who replaces the fired Mike McCoy. Philip Rivers is still the quarterback, however, and wide receiver Keenan Allen is a good target when he's healthy. He has yet to play a full season.

Los Angeles Rams

Location: University of California, Irvine, Irvine, Calif.

2016 record: 4-12

Rookies report: July 26

Veterans report: July 28

The Rams face questions at quarterback and running back. QB Jared Goff was winless in seven starts last season with only five touchdown passes, and running back Todd Gurley had six touchdowns and rushed for 885 yards.

Miami Dolphins 

Location: Baptist Health Training Facility, Davie, Fla.

2016 record: 10-6; lost in AFC wild-card game

Rookies report: July 20

Veterans report: July 26

The Dolphins made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008, but neither unit was really great, ranking 17th in points scored and 18th in points allowed. They'll try to improve those rankings, and the results.

Minnesota Vikings

Location: Minnesota State, Mankato, Minn.

2016 record: 8-8

Rookies report: July 23

Veterans report: July 26

The big issue: Teddy Bridgewater's status. He suffered a gruesome noncontact injury a week before the start of last season, dislocating his knee and tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. He missed the entire season. Sam Bradford filled in for him, and in March, the Vikings signed Case Keenum.

New England Patriots

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

2016 record: 14-2; won Super Bowl LI

Rookies report: July 24

Veterans report: July 26

The defending Super Bowl champions basically got better in the offseason. They still have Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski, and added tight end Dwayne Allen and deep threat Brandin Cooks — both via trade. They also re-signed linebacker Dont'a Hightower and corner back Malcolm Butler.

New Orleans Saints

Location: Saints Practice Facility, Metairie, La.

2016 record: 7-9

Rookies report: July 19

Veterans report: July 26

The Saints added all-pro running back Adrian Peterson this offseason and traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, and fired five coaches, including assistant head coach Joe Vitt.

New York Giants

Location: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, N.J.

2016 record: 11-5

Rookies report: July 27

Veterans report: July 27

The Giants got a makeover at wide receiver. Last year, Odell Beckham Jr. racked up 1,387 yards, more than a third of the team's total. He had 10 receiving touchdowns; Sterling Shepard had eight. New York lost receiver Victor Cruz in free agency, but added Brandon Marshall.

New York Jets 

Location: Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, N.J.

2016 record: 5-11

Rookies report: July 28

Veterans report: July 28

The biggest question: Who will start at quarterback in Week 1? Josh McCown is 38 and has played for 10 teams. Bryce Petty has played in six NFL games — six more than fellow backup Christian Hackenberg.

Oakland Raiders

Location: Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, Calif.

2016 record: 12-4; lost in AFC wild-card game

Rookies report: July 24

Veterans report: July 28

The Raiders were a breakout team last season, and quarterback Derek Carr was a breakout player, throwing 28 touchdowns and six interceptions with a 96.7 rating. He broke his fibula in Week 16 and missed the rest of the season. Carr signed a five-year, $125-million extension this offseason. Oakland also signed former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch.

Philadelphia Eagles

Location: NovaCare Training Complex, Philadelphia

2016 record: 7-9

Rookies report: July 23

Veterans report: July 26

Quarterback Carson Wentz had a decent rookie season, throwing for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns — but 14 interceptions. The Eagles picked up two established wide receivers, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Location: Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.

2016 record: 11-5

Rookies report: July 27

Veterans report: July 27

The Steelers will have a battle at wide receiver. They have Antonio Brown, one of the best in the NFL, and Martavis Bryant comes back from a year-long suspension. Those two are established, but there are 11 receivers on Pittsburgh's roster for six spots.

San Francisco 49ers

Location: SAP Performance Facility, Santa Clara, Calif.

2016 record: 2-14

Rookies report: July 27

Veterans report: July 27

The 49ers fired head coach Chip Kelly and hired Atlanta's offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco also released quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but have no set starter. Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley and C.J. Beathard will battle for the starting job.

Seattle Seahawks

Location: Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Wash.

2016 record: 10-5; lost in NFC Divisional round

Rookies report: July 29

Veterans report: July 29

The key position battle is at running back. Seattle signed Eddie Lacy in March, and he is expected to split duties with Thomas Rawls. Seattle also has C.J. Prosise, who rushed for 153 against the Patriots in 2016.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Location: One Buccaneer Place, Tampa

2016 record: 9-7

Rookies report: July 25

Veterans report: July 27

The Bucs were playoff contenders last season, but still missed the playoffs. Tampa Bay added former Washington Redskins DeSean Jackson, a speedy deep threat, to complement Mike Evans as another weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston. The big competition will be at kicker. Yes, kicker. Roberto Aguayo, drafted 59th overall by the Buccaneers was 22-of-31 on field goal attempts. Veteran Nick Folk will join them in camp.

Tennessee Titans

Location: Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville

2016 record: 9-7

Rookies report: July 28

Veterans report: July 28

The Titans contended for the AFC South title last year, mainly thanks to quarterback Marcus Mariota, who had 28 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He broke his right leg on Christmas Eve and needed to have a plate inserted, but he's expected to ready for training camp.

Washington Redskins

Location: Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Richmond

2016 record: 8-7-1

Rookies report: July 26

Veterans report: July 26

The Redskins made Kirk Cousins the first quarterback to get the franchise tag in two straight seasons. He will be the focus from camp until next spring — when he will be a free agent.


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