What is Training Camp?

NFL training camp is when teams begin practicing full-time for the upcoming season. Learn more about it here!

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NFL Training Camp

Training camp is when NFL teams begin practice on a full-time basis for the upcoming season. Training camp typically begins in late July, and lasts until the start of the regular season in the beginning of September. Training camp is the start of every team’s season, and is a massively important time in the NFL calendar.

Roster cuts

Training camp is important for players because they’re competing to earn roster spots. Teams enter training camp with a 90 man roster. By the end of training camp, teams must cut down to a 53 man roster. This means that nearly 40 players on every team will lose their job during training camp. This fosters a highly competitive environment where all players are fighting to earn their spot for the upcoming season.

When is training camp?

Training camp begins in late July and lasts through August. It happens around the same time as the NFL Preseason. The preseason is a series of exhibition games for NFL teams to prepare for the season. These games do not count officially; they’re “practice games” to help teams make roster cut decisions and practice for regular season games in September. Training camp lasts for about 4-6 weeks.

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