When Does NFL Training Camp Start for Teams Heading Into the 2021 Season?

Published 06/22/2021, 8:40 AM EDT


Following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ victory at Super Bowl LV, the NFL offseason officially set in. While players across the league got their bit of rest after a long season of football, most are back to the grind. While the offseason has seen various team events go down, most teams are now gearing up for NFL training camp to kick off.

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The offseason can be broken up into several categories. First off the board were rookie minicamps where the sides’ college acquisitions got their first taste of life in the NFL.

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Then followed Organized Team Activities or OTAs. Plenty of players skip this as it is often not mandatory to attend. Mandatory minicamps kicked off for most franchises on June 18, and while mandatory, some players chose to hold out due to several personal and contract bound reasons.

And now with minicamp done and duster, teams look forward to the start of training camp. 

When does NFL training camp start in 2021?

This year’s NFL training camp schedule is rather unique. For the first time ever, a unified date has been fixed for teams across the league to kick off training camp.

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The date has collectively been decided as July 27. But even then, three teams have been made exceptions. The three being the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Steelers and Cowboys will begin training camp from July 21 as the two sides will be taking part in this year’s Hall of Fame Game. The Buccaneers on the other hand will start training camp from July 24 as they kick off the new league campaign against the Cowboys on September 9, three days before the rest of the league play their Week 1 ties.

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Aug 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during training camp at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The league will 90-man rosters to enter the training camp. But from there onwards, players will start getting cut. The first will be on August 17 and the roster will be reduced to 85 players. The second cut will follow on August 24 to trim it down to 80. The final roster 53-man roster will then be made on August 31 when 27 players will be cut. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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