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NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, National TV Coverage
Hall of Fame Game Date Time (ET)
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota Aug. 9 - 8 p.m. NBC Sports Live
Week 1 Date Time (ET)
New Orleans at Baltimore - 7:30 p.m.
NY Jets at Detroit - 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay at New England - 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland - 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Chicago - 8 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego - 10 p.m.
Tennessee at Atlanta - 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo - 7 p.m.
NY Giants at Cincinnati - 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville - 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Oakland - 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle - 10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston - 8 p.m.
Kansas City at Arizona - 9 p.m.
Indianapolis at Philadelphia - 1 p.m.
Week 2 Date Time (ET)
Detroit at Washington - 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Cleveland - 8 p.m. ESPN
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at NY Jets - 8 p.m.
Miami at Carolina - 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indianapolis - 7:30 p.m.
New England at New Orleans - 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at NY Giants - 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Houston - 8 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona - 10 p.m.
Green Bay at Pittsburgh - 1 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco - 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Tennessee - 8 p.m. Fox Sports
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 8 p.m. ESPN
For Preseason Weeks 3 & 4 Go to next page
NFL 2015 Training Camp Dates
Team - Reporting Date - First Practice/Site/Location
Arizona Cardinals - July 31 / Aug. 1 - University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Atlanta Falcons - July 30 / July 31 - Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Baltimore Ravens - July 29/ July 30 - Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.
Buffalo Bills - July 30/ July 31 - St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.
Carolina Panthers - July 30/ July 31 - Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
Chicago Bears - July 29/ July 30 - Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
Cincinnati Bengals - July 30/ July 31 - Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Oh
Cleveland Browns - July 29/ July 30 - Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio
Dallas Cowboys - July 29/ July 30 - River Ridge Playing Fields, Oxnard, Ca.
Denver Broncos - July 30/ July 31 - Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Dove Valley, Colo.
Detroit Lions - Aug. 2/ Aug. 3 - Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mi
Green Bay Packers - July 29/ July 30 St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis.
Houston Texans - July 31/ Aug. 2- Houston Methodist Center, Houston, Tx
Indianapolis Colts - Aug. 1/ Aug. 2- Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.
Jacksonville Jaguars - July 30/ July 31- Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville, Fla.
Kansas City Chiefs - July 31/ Aug. 1 -Missouri Western St University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Miami Dolphins - July 29/ July 30 - Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Fla.
Minnesota Vikings - July 25/ July 26- Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.
New England Patriots - July 29/ July 30 - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
New Orleans Saints - July 29/ July 30 - Greenbrier White, Sulpher Springs, W Va.
New York Giants - July 30/ July 31 - Timex Performance Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
New York Jets - July 29/ July 30 -Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, N.J.
Oakland Raiders - July 30/ July 31- Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, Calif.
Philadelphia Eagles - Aug. 1 /Aug. 2- NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pittsburgh Steelers - July 25/ July 26- Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.
St. Louis Rams - July 31/ Aug. 1 - Rams Park Training Center, Earth City, Mo.
San Diego Chargers - July 29/ July 30 - Chargers Park, San Diego, Ca
San Francisco 49ers - July 31/ Aug. 1- SAP Performance Facility, Santa Clara, Calif.
Seattle Seahawks - July 30/ July 31- Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Wash.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - July 31/ Aug. 1- One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Fla.
Tennessee Titans - July 30/ July 31- Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tenn.
Washington Redskins - July 29 / July 30- Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va.
NFL 2015 Offseason Workout Program Schedule
The NFL 2015 offseason continues after completing another excellent NFL Draft class. Teams are completing their OTAs over the next two weeks before starting veteran June mini camps that incorporate new veteran free agents and draft choices into the existing veteran rosters.
Most mini camps will begin early to mid June that will be the final preparation of new rosters prior for their August training camp preseason start.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams were allowed to begin Phase 1 of offseason workouts in late April, the activities are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation over two weeks. Phase 2 is three weeks long and began for most teams in early May. In this phase, players can participate in positional drills, but no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed. Now teams prepare to head into Phase 3, or OTAs, which is a four-week-long period during which teams can conduct 10 days of organized team activity, including 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
NFL Offseason Workout Program Schedule
Team - OTAs - Mandatory Camp
Arizona Cardinals May 19-21, May 26-28, Jun 1-4 - June 9-11
Atlanta Falcons May 26-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 - June 16-18
Baltimore Ravens May 26-28, June 1-3, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Buffalo Bills May 26-27, May 29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Carolina Panthers May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Chicago Bears May 27-29, June 1-3, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Cincinnati Bengals May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Cleveland Browns May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
Dallas Cowboys May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-10 - June 16-18
Denver Broncos May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 15-18 - June 9-11
Detroit Lions May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Green Bay Packers May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 - June 16-18
Houston Texans May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
Indianapolis Colts May 18-20, May 26-28, June 1-4 - June 9-11
Jacksonville Jaguars May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
Kansas City Chiefs May 26-28, June 2-4, June 9-12 - June 16-18
Miami Dolphins May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Minnesota Vikings May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
New England Patriots May 26, May 28-29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
New Orleans Saints May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
New York Giants May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
New York Jets May 19-21, May 26-28, June 2-5 - June 9-11
Oakland Raiders May 19-21, May 26-28, June 1-4 - June 9-11
Philadelphia Eagles May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Pittsburgh Steelers May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
St. Louis Rams June 2, June 4-5, June 8-9, June 11, June 15-16 - June 18-19
San Diego Chargers May 26-28, June 1-3, June 8-11 - June 16-18
San Francisco 49ers May 19-21, May 27-29, June 1-4, June 4-5 - June 9-11
Seattle Seahawks May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Tampa Bay Bucs May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Tennessee Titans May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Washington Redskins May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
NFL Draft 2015 Wrapup – La’el Collins Story Continues
The NFL Draft 2015 is in the books with many surprises and disappointments over the three day event. Chicago hosted the NFL Draft for the first time in over 50 years and put on a huge extravaganza that included coverage from all 32 team headquarters.
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 Scouting Reports – available Now
Draft Insiders’ 2015 Review – available this spring
Photo – OL La’el Collins – LSU
The class of underclassmen dominated the start of the 2015 NFL Draft with 7 of the top 10 picks and 20 of the 32 first-round picks from the late entrees. Florida St. headed the NFL Draft with redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston the first overall selection which started 11 total Seminoles selected over the seven rounds, the most of any school in the nation. Washington provided three #1 picks in DT Danny Shelton, CB Marcus Peters and LB Shaq Thompson. It was the first time since 2009 that one school provided three #1 picks, with Southern Cal accomplishing that unique feat. The Pac 12 also provided 9 overall first round selections this year, the most of any conference in the nation.
As usual, there were many of the 85 underclassmen that probably would have been wiser to stay in school and finish their eligibility and develop further as players. Some high profile prospects fell out of the first round and a few did not get called until the 3rd day of the NFL Draft or not at all over the seven rounds. The SEC had the most draft selections once again with 54 players followed by the ACC with 47, the Pac-12 39, the Big Ten 35 and the Big XII 26. The power five conferences provided over 75% of all players selected.
There were many exciting stories, though an equal number of tragic and shocking revelations. The story related to OL Ja’el Collins of LSU is one of the most bizarre articles in recent NFL Draft history. Collins was considered a mid-first round lock until an investigation related to the murder of an ex-girlfriend hit the news the week prior to the NFL Draft. Collins was eventually questioned by Baton Rouge police the Monday after the NFL Draft weekend. Though no indictment has been issued after the questioning, Collins was considered a person of interest at this point. The timing of the tragedy and inquiry shocked NFL brass and subsequently Collins was bypassed completely over the seven round event. He has been denied entry in the NFL Supplemental Draft 2015 or reentry into the NFL Draft 2016. He is basically a rookie free agent and allowed to sign with any NFL club interested in his services. Rookie free agent contracts are for three years which allows him to test veteran free agency after three seasons. Within days after the police inquiry, Collins spoke with a few clubs, namely the Bills and Dolphins. Clubs like the Giants and Saints are also highly interested in the versatile lineman who carries an early NFL starting grade. His signing should come over the next few weeks after several interviews and recruiting trips are completed. He projects as a rookie starting guard and the skill set to move to tackle in time.
Draft Choices by Conference
Big Ten 35
Big 12 25
Mountain West 10
Conference USA 6
Missouri Valley 4
Sun Belt 3
Ohio Valley 2
South Atlantic 2
Draft Choices by Schools
Florida St 11
Mississippi St 5
Ohio St 5
Oregon St 5
Arizona St 4
Michigan St 4
South Carolina 4
West Virginia 4
NFL Free Agency Update
Eagles Restructure Offense Around DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford
Photo - RB DeMarco Murray - Eagles
2015 NFL Free Agents – March 17th -
Josh McCown (Signed 3-year, $14M deal - CLE)
Mark Sanchez (Re-signed 2-year, $9M deal - PHI)
Brian Hoyer (Signed 2-year, $10.5M deal - HOU)
Ryan Mallett (Re-signed 2-year, $7M deal - HOU)
Christian Ponder (Signed undisclosed deal - OAK)
Shaun Hill (Signed 2-year, $6.5M deal - MIN)
Matt Hasselbeck (Re-signed 1-year, $3M deal - IND)
Blaine Gabbert (Re-signed 2-year, $2M deal - SF)
Kellen Moore (Re-signed 2-year, $1.825M deal - DET)
Tyrod Taylor (Signed 3-year, $3.35M deal - BUF)
T.J. Yates (Re-signed 1-year, $1.5M deal - ATL)
Jimmy Clausen (Re-signed 1-year, $1.25M deal - CHI)
Dan Orlovsky (Re-signed 1-year, $1.05M deal - DET)
Top Remaining Free Agents
Jake Locker (Retired)
DeMarco Murray (Signed 5-year, $40M deal - PHI)
C.J. Spiller (Signed 4-year, $18M deal - NO)
Ryan Mathews (Signed 3-year, $11M deal - PHI)
Mark Ingram (Re-signed 4-year, $16M deal - NO)
Justin Forsett (Re-signed 3-year, $9M deal - BAL)
Frank Gore (Signed 3-year, $12M deal - IND)
Shane Vereen (Signed 3-year, $12.35M deal - NYG)
Roy Helu (Signed 2-year, $4M deal - OAK)
Reggie Bush (Signed 1-year deal - SF)
Darren McFadden (Signed 2-year, $3M deal - DAL)
DeAngelo Williams (Signed 2-year, $4M deal - PIT)
Antone Smith (Re-signed undisclosed deal - ATL)
Top Remaining Free Agents
Jerome Felton (Signed 4-year, $9.2M deal with BUF)
Henry Hynoski (Re-signed 2-year, $2.1M deal with NYG)
Jed Collins (Signed 1-year, $810K deal with DAL)
Top Remaining Free Agents
Dez Bryant (Franchise Tagged)
Demaryius Thomas (Franchise Tagged)
Randall Cobb (Re-signed 4-year, $40M deal with GB)
Jeremy Maclin (Signed 5-year, $55M deal with KC)
Torrey Smith (Signed 5-year, $40M deal with SF)
Andre Johnson (Signed 3-year, $21M deal with IND)
Percy Harvin (Signed 1-year, $6M deal with BUF)
Kenny Britt (Re-signed 2-year, $14M deal with STL)
Cecil Shorts (Signed 2-year, $6M deal with HOU)
Brian Hartline (Signed 2-year, $6M deal with CLE)
Eddie Royal (Signed 3-year, $15M deal with CHI)
Dwayne Harris (Signed 5-year, $17.5M deal with NYG)
Leonard Hankerson (Signed 1-year, $1M deal with ATL)
Ted Ginn (Signed 2-year, $4.2M deal with CAR)
Jacoby Jones (Signed 2-year, $5.5M deal with SD)
Brandon Gibson (Signed 1-year, $825K deal with NE)
Harry Douglas (Signed 3-year deal with TEN)
Marcus Easley (Re-signed 4-year, $7M deal with BUF)
Brian Tyms (Re-signed undisclosed deal with NE)
Top Remaining Free Agents
Julius Thomas (Signed 5-year, $46M deal with JAX)
Jordan Cameron (Signed 2-year, $15M deal with MIA)
Lance Kendricks (Re-signed 4-year, $18.5M deal with STL)
Owen Daniels (Signed 3-year, $12.25M deal with DEN)
Niles Paul (Re-signed 3-year, $6M deal with WAS)
Virgil Green (Re-signed 3-year, $8.4M deal with DEN)
Scott Chandler (Signed undisclosed deal with NE)
Lee Smith (Signed 3-year, $9.1M deal with OAK)
Anthony Fasano (Signed 2-year deal with TEN)
Matt Spaeth (Re-signed 2-year, $2.2M deal with PIT)
Ed Dickson (Re-signed 3-year, $6.8M deal with CAR)
Luke Stocker (Re-signed 3-year, $4.8M deal with TB)
NFL Scouting Combine 2015
NFL Combine 2015 - Feb. 17-23, 2015 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In
This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, six-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine weeklong event that consists of four days of workouts.
How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.
2015 Schedule reflect a new day pattern, as the event will shift 1 day earlier than the historical pattern.
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)
Tuesday – Feb. 17 Travel * ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday – Feb. 18 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Thursday – Feb. 19 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday – Feb. 20 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
Wednesday – Feb. 18 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday – Feb.19 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday – Feb.20 - NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday – Feb. 21, 2015 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Thursday - Feb 19 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - Feb 20 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday - Feb 21NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - Feb 22 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
DAY 4 ARRIVALS: Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Friday – Feb. 20 Travel ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - Feb 21 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday – Feb 22 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - February 23, 2015 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis
* Select players from any Group may arrive one day prior to their scheduled date listed above in order to assist with medical scheduling. This will be based on flight schedules and medical tests only and no players arriving early will have advanced contact with teams.
NFL Combine and Free Agency Dates
Calendar for the 2015 NFL Postseason
February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Report – New Top 150 Pro Prospects - available Now
Calendar for the 2015 NFL Postseason
February 2: Waiver system begins for 2015.
February 7: NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Florida.
February 10: Beginning at 9 a.m. PT, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2014 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2015 season or who have an option for the 2015 season are not eligible to be signed.
February 14: NFL Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center, Houston, Texas.
February 16: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February 21: NFL Regional Combine, Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Dove Valley, Colorado.
February 28: NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
March 2: Prior to 1:00 p.m., PT, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 7: NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois.
March 7-10: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2014 contracts at 1:00 p.m., PT, on March 10. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 1:00 p.m., PT, on March 10.
March 10: Prior to 1:00 p.m., PT, clubs must exercise options for 2015 on all players who have option clauses in their 2014 contracts.
• Prior to 4:00 p.m., Est clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
• Prior to 4:00 p.m., Est clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2014 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.
• Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., Est.
• All 2014 player contracts expire at 4:00 p.m., Est
• The 2015 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., Est. The first day of the 2015 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., Est, on March 10. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., Est, and 11:59:59 p.m., Est, on March 10.
• Trading period for 2015 begins at 4:00 p.m., Est, after expiration of all 2014 contracts.
March 19-21: NFL Career Development Symposium, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 21-22: Super Regional Combine, Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 22-25: Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 6: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2014 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 24: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 29: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
April 30-May 2: - NFL Draft 2015, Chicago, Illinois.
May 8-11: First weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 11: Rookie Football Development Program begins.
May 15-18: Second weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their three- day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.