You know the NFL season is close when we’re talking about training camp like it’s not half a year away. In fact, Detroit Lions players will be reporting in less than a month!
On Thursday, the NFL announced the dates for all 32 teams that players will be required to report to training camp. Here’s a look:
The Lions rookie class—all of which have already signed with the team—will be reporting to camp on July 19, while veterans will be reporting a week later on July 26.
Last week, the Lions announced the training camp open practice schedule, which begins on July 27. That means one of the very first full training camp practice will be open to the public—but only to season ticket holders.
One interesting note about the Lions’ schedule is that rookies will have an entire week with the team before the veterans show up. Looking around the league, there are only a handful of teams that are doing that. Typically, rookies are only asked to show up two or three days ahead of the veterans, but the Lions (along with the Ravens, Jaguars, Saints and Cardinals) are devoting a little more time for their first-year players.
The season is fastly approaching, y’all. Get excited.