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NFL Calendar Dates For 2016 Preseason and Fall Season

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NFL Calendar Dates For 2016 Preseason and Fall Season
Aug. 9: Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
Aug. 9: If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2016, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2017 League Year.

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Aug. 25-28: Third Preseason Weekend.
Aug. 30: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the Active List.
Sept. 1: Final Preseason Games.

Sept. 3: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

Sept. 3: Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

Sept. 4: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at noon ET.

Sept. 4: Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1 p.m. ET, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players. No club, including the player's prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player's prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.
Sept. 5-9: In accordance with the 2016 Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with its conference communications contact by 4 p.m. ET, (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Saturday or Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; or Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game.
Sept. 5-9: Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with its conference communications contact by 4 p.m. ET (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Saturday or Sunday game, and Saturday for a Monday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player's condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.
Sept. 8: At noon ET, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

Sept. 8, 11-12: Regular Season opens.
Oct. 2: NFL International Series, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, London, England

Mid-October: Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club's seventh regular season game (including any bye week) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4 p.m. ET, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week 6 game.

Mid-October: At any time after six weeks have elapsed since a player was placed on Reserve/Injured or Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness, each club is permitted to designate one player for return from either list to the club's 53-player Active/Inactive List.
The player who is "Designated For Return" must have suffered a major football-related or non-football-related injury after reporting to training camp and must have been placed on the applicable Reserve List after 4 p.m. ET, on the day after the final roster reduction.

A player whom the club wishes to designate for return is permitted to return to practice for a period not to exceed 21 days. The club is required to notify the League office that the player has been "Designated For Return" on the first day the player begins to practice. The player cannot be returned to the Active/Inactive List until eight weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve.

Oct. 18-19: Fall League Meeting, Houston, Texas.
Oct. 23: NFL International Series, New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams, London, England.
Oct. 30: NFL International Series, Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, London, England.
Nov. 1: All trading ends for 2016 at 4 p.m. ET.

Top 25 AP Preseason Poll - Alabama Holds Top Spot

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2016 Preseason Top 25 AP Poll

Draft Insiders’ will have their Preseason Top 25 Poll in late August along with our 2016 All–American Team

Defending national champion Alabama heads the AP preseason poll following the top ranking in the Coaches poll a few weeks ago. The Crimson Tide hopes to defend their title with 13 starters returning after winning their 4th national championship over HC Nick Saban's seven seasons in Tuscaloosa. The Tide hopes to repeat and duplicate their 2011-2012 back to back titles. National title loser Clemson ranks second nationally after seeing their perfect 2015 season end with a loss to Alabama in the championship game. The top ten is filled with strong programs including Oklahoma, Florida St, LSU, Ohio St, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee and Notre Dame rounding out the top ten teams. All have have talented squads and capable of pressing for the coveted BCS trophy.

Photo - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

2016 Preseason Associated Press Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

1. Alabama (33) - 1,469
2. Clemson (16) - 1,443
3. Oklahoma (4) - 1,352
4. Florida State (5) - 1,325
5. LSU (1) - 1,269
6. Ohio State (1) - 1,224
7. Michigan (1) - 1,147
8. Stanford - 1,029
9. Tennessee - 1,021
10. Notre Dame - 1,006
11. Ole Miss - 718
12. Michigan State - 710
13. TCU - 707
14. Washington - 651
15. Houston - 644
16. UCLA - 496
17. Iowa - 484
18. Georgia - 448
19. Louisville - 447
20. USC - 344
21. Oklahoma State - 316
22. North Carolina - 283
23. Baylor - 280
24. Oregon - 218
25. Florida - 180

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

2016 Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

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2016 Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

Draft Insiders’ will have their Preseason Top 25 Poll in late August along with our 2016 All–American Team

Defending national champion Alabama heads the Coaches preseason poll. The Crimson Tide hopes to defend their title with 13 starters returning after winning their 4th national championship over HC Nick Saban's seven seasons in Tuscaloosa. The Tide hopes to repeat and duplicate their 2011-2012 back to back titles. National title loser Clemson ranks second nationally after seeing their perfect 2015 season end with a loss to Alabama in the championship game. The top ten is filled with strong programs including Oklahoma, Florida St, Ohio St, LSU and Notre Dame all with talented squads and capable of pressing for the coveted BCS trophy.

Photo - RB Leonard Fournette - LSU

2016 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses with total points received)

1. Alabama (55) - 1,585
2. Clemson (7) - 1,524
3. Oklahoma - 1,398
4. Florida State (1) - 1,351
5. Ohio State - 1,321
6. LSU - 1,241
7. Stanford - 1,149
8. Michigan - 1,062
9. Notre Dame - 1,034
10. Tennessee (1) - 960
11. Michigan State - 901
12. Ole Miss - 792
13. Houston - 668
14. TCU - 649
15. Iowa - 579
16. Georgia - 525
17. USC - 468
18. Washington - 454
19. Oklahoma State - 426
20. North Carolina - 422
21. Baylor - 383
22. Oregon - 361
23. Louisville - 331
24. UCLA - 296
25. Florida - 245

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

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2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

Hall of Fame Game - Aug. 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN)

Cancelled due to poor field conditions

Photo - WR Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants

Thursday, August 11
Washington Redskins (0-0) at Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
Georgia Dome - 7:00p ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Lincoln Financial Field - 7:00p ET

Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
M&T Bank Stadium - 7:30p ET

New Orleans Saints (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Gillette Stadium - 7:30p ET

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:30p ET

Denver Broncos (0-0) at Chicago Bears (0-0)
Soldier Field - 8:00p ET

Friday, August 12
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at New York Giants (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:00p ET

Detroit Lions (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)
Heinz Field - 7:00p ET

Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Paul Brown Stadium - 7:30p ET

Cleveland Browns (0-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-0)
Lambeau Field - 8:00p ET

Oakland Raiders (0-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-0)
University of Phoenix Stadium - 10:00p ET

Saturday, August 13
Seattle Seahawks (0-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)
Arrowhead Stadium - 4:30p ET

Indianapolis Colts (0-0) at Buffalo Bills (0-0)
Ralph Wilson Stadium - 7:00p ET

Dallas Cowboys (0-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 8:00p ET ESPN
San Diego Chargers (0-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-0)
Nissan Stadium - 8:00p ET

Sunday, August 14
Houston Texans (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
Levi's Stadium - 7:00p ET

For Complete NFL Preseason Schedule Go to Next Page

NFL Training Camps Dates

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NFL Training camps:
When, where and key dates for all 32 teams

NFL Training Camps are open
Though all teams can report for camp 15 days before their preseason opener, each team manages open practices and some early workouts differently. Below is a list of every team’s first full practice; teams that leave their home facilities for camp, in addition to key training camp dates.

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NFC
Arizona Cardinals

First practice: July 29
Key dates: Joint practice at Chargers Aug. 16

Atlanta Falcons
First practice: July 28
Key dates: Aug. 5 “Friday Night Lights” practice at Grayson HS in Loganville, Ga.

Carolina Panthers
at Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
First practice: July 28

Chicago Bears
at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
First practice: July 28, Key dates: Aug. 6 practice at Soldier Field
Aug. 15-16 joint practices at the Patriots

Dallas Cowboys
at Oxnard, Ca., First practice: July 30

Detroit Lions
first practice: July 29.
Key dates: Aug. 9-10 joint practices at the Steelers

Green Bay Packers
at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.
First practice: July 26, Key dates: July 31, Family Night at Lambeau Field

Los Angeles Rams
Key Dates, first practice July 30.

Minnesota Vikings
at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Min.
Key dates: Joint practices vs. Bengals in Cincinnati Aug. 10-11

New Orleans Saints
at The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, W.V.
First practice: July 28, Key dates: Joint practices at the Patriots Aug. 9-10 and at the Texans Aug. 18-19

New York Giants
First practice: July 29

Philadelphia Eagles
First practice: July 28
Key dates: Open practices at Lincoln Financial Field on July 31 and Aug. 14

San Francisco 49ers
First practice: July 31
Key dates: The 49ers will host the Texans for a joint practice Aug. 12, visit Denver for joint practices Aug. 17-18.

Seattle Seahawks
First practice: July 30

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First practice: July 30
Key dates: Joint practices at the Jaguars (Aug. 17-18) and vs. the Browns (Aug. 23-24)

Washington Redskins
at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va.
First practice: July 28

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