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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Hall of Fame Game

The Hall of Fame Game is the first NFL game of every season. It’s a preseason game that takes place at the site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s a stand-alone event that holds a unique place in the sport of football.

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What is the Hall of Fame Game?

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What is the Hall of Fame Game?

The Hall of Fame Game is the first NFL game of every season. It is a preseason game that has no bearing on the regular season and playoffs. It is an exhibition that takes place after the start of training camp, and is a tune-up for the two teams playing.

While the Hall of Fame Game is a mere exhibition, it has significance for two main reasons:

First, it is played in honor of each year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class. It is played at the same time that that year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It honors the group of 7 former pro football players, coaches, executives, or owners who entered “the hall” that calendar year.

Second, the game is important for young football players trying to make their respective teams. While many starters and veteran players do not play in the game, the younger players that do have a lot on the line; they are competing against each other to make an NFL roster. Many of the players who play in the game will be cut by their teams, and many will be playing in one of their only NFL games. It is a golden opportunity for those players to earn their way onto an NFL roster.

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Where is the Hall of Fame Game played?

The Hall of Fame Game is played in Canton, Ohio, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The game, and stadium, are directly next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Who Plays in the Hall of Fame Game?

Two NFL teams play in the Hall of Fame Game each year. The teams that play are randomly chosen before the season. These teams get an extra preseason game than every other NFL team. The Hall of Fame Game is a stand-alone exhibition that gives each of the two teams selected an additional preseason game. This is valuable playing time for young players trying to make their team.

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