Playbook's guide to NFL training camps

July, 24, 2012
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NFL training campAP Photo/David J. PhillipFans are eager to celebrate the return of sweaty guys doing drills in NFL training camps everywhere.
NFL training camps are set to open. Wooooo! Football players doing football-like activities!

Here’s all you need to know about all 32 camps.


Arizona Cardinals

Camp opens: July 27, Flagstaff, Ariz.

How to find it: Circle the greater Flagstaff area in your car until you are hit with an overthrown pass.

What you’ll see there: Larry Fitzgerald being robbed of the prime of his career.


Atlanta Falcons

Camp opens: July 28, Flowery Branch, Ga.

How to find it: Take Interstate 985 North from Atlanta until you see flowery branches and/or tattooed player arms.

What you’ll see there: Mike Smith forcing his team to practice fourth-down plays all day, every day.


Baltimore Ravens

Camp opens: July 27, Owings Mills, Md.

How to find it: Ask where the best quarterback in the NFL is practicing. Go there, then leave that place and proceed to Ravens’ camp in Owings Mills.

What you’ll see there: The Ravens dumping Gatorade on John Harbaugh after intrasquad scrimmage victories.


Buffalo Bills

Camp opens: July 29, Pittsford, N.Y.

How to find it: Take Interstate 90 East from Buffalo, stop at the overwhelming sense of doom.

What you’ll see there: Vince Young comparing the Bills to the 2004 Dream Team.


Carolina Panthers

Camp opens: July 29, Spartanburg, S.C.

How to find it: Go to Spartanburg, look for the football field with a phone booth beside it where Cam Newton changes.

What you’ll see there: Newton destroying the Carolina Panthers' defense.


Chicago Bears

Camp opens: July 29, Bourbonnais, Ill.

How to find it: Let the siren’s call that is Jay Cutler’s voice draw you in. &feature=related

What you’ll see there: Unfortunately, probably everyone getting hurt.


Cincinnati Bengals

Camp opens: July 27, Cincinnati

How to find it: Go to Paul Brown Stadium. What an exotic locale!

What you’ll see there: Fans scouring the roster in the program to determine who dey.


Cleveland Browns

Camp opens: July 29, Berea, Ohio

How to find it: Follow the “Open Tryouts for Local Semi-Pro Football Team” signs.

What you’ll see there: Rookie Brandon Weeden mentoring the veterans.


Dallas Cowboys

Camp opens: July 30, Oxnard, Calif.

How to find it: Follow the old bandwagon trails that are now mostly grown over.

What you’ll see there: A legit Super Bowl contender. No, for real this time!


Denver Broncos

Camp opens: July 26, Englewood, Colo.

How to find it: Get off at the Broncos Training Camp stop on the Tim Tebow Nationwide Holy Land Tour.

What you’ll see there: Spirals.


Detroit Lions

Camp opens: July 28, Allen Park, Mich.

How to find it: Follow the line of squad cars.

What you’ll see there: Violence. Some of it on the field.


Green Bay Packers

Camp opens: July 29, De Pere, Wis.

How to find it: Follow everyone in Wisconsin.

What you’ll see there: Celebration drills.


Houston Texans

Camp opens: July 31, Houston

How to find it: Search for the smell of Arian Foster grilling up a fresh eggplant.

What you’ll see there: The best NFL team in Texas.


Indianapolis Colts

Camp opens: July 29, Anderson, Ind.

How to find it: Take the Peyton Manning Interstate to the Peyton Manning Expressway to Exit 18 onto Peyton Manning Way. Follow the signs to Peyton Manning Field.

What you’ll see there: Andrew Luck.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Camp opens: July 27, Jacksonville, Fla.

How to find it: Listen for all the people chanting Tim Tebow’s name.

What you’ll see there: Blaine Gabbert.


Kansas City Chiefs

Camp opens: July 28, St. Joseph, Mo.

How to find it: Close your eyes, concentrate and let the power of Romeo Crennel’s charisma pull you in. If that doesn’t work, just plug the training camp’s address into your GPS.

What you’ll see there: A team trying to move on and win without Kyle Orton.


Miami Dolphins

Camp opens: July 28, Davie, Fla.

How to find it: Follow the people marching with “Fire Jeff Ireland” signs.

What you’ll see there: A whole mess of quarterbacks who aren’t Peyton Manning.


Minnesota Vikings

Camp opens: July 29, Mankato, Minn.

How to find it: Drive south from Minneapolis, look for a few thousand people praying over Adrian Peterson’s ACL.

What you’ll see there: A roster full of players getting dominated by an 80 percent Adrian Peterson.


New England Patriots

Camp opens: July 26, Foxborough, Mass.

How to find it: Look for the Eli Manning effigies.

What you’ll see there: Probably Tom Brady’s latest hairdo creation and Rob Gronkowski doing body shots off of female fans.


New Orleans Saints

Camp opens: July 28, Metairie, La.

How to find it: Follow the flight paths of the NFL security bombers.

What you’ll see there: Scorched earth.


New York Giants

Camp opens: July 26, Albany, N.Y.

How to find it: Look for the New York football camp with no media attending it.

What you’ll see there: The Super Bowl trophy.


New York Jets

Camp opens: July 31, Florham Park, N.J.

How to find it: Follow the beam of light shining down from the heavens.

What you’ll see there: People putting earmuffs on Tim Tebow every time Rex Ryan speaks.


Oakland Raiders

Camp opens: July 27, Napa, Calif.

How to find it: Look for people at what appears to be an early Halloween party.

What you’ll see there: Not first-round draft picks.


Philadelphia Eagles

Camp opens: July 22, Bethlehem, Pa.

How to find it: Follow the trail of discarded Phillies apparel.

What you’ll see there: Empty shelves awaiting dynasty trophies.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Camp opens: July 28, Latrobe, Pa.

How to find it: Go to where Rolling Rock beer is produced. Then leave New Jersey and head west to Latrobe.

What you’ll see there: Headshot drills.


St. Louis Rams

Camp opens: July 29, Earth City, Mo.

How to find it: Take I-70 West from St. Louis, listen for the sound of Sam Bradford weeping.

What you’ll see there: Jeff Fisher running fist-pumping drills.


San Diego Chargers

Camp opens: July 27, San Diego

How to find it: Drive to San Diego, listen for the booing of Norv Turner.

What you’ll see there: The early stages of underachievement.


San Francisco 49ers

Camp opens: July 28, Santa Clara, Calif.

How to find it: Drive until you see the horde of media writing stories that say that this time, at age 35, Randy Moss is 100 percent dedicated to football.

What you’ll see there: Moss jogging by the fifth day of practice.


Seattle Seahawks

Camp opens: July 27, Renton, Wash.

How to find it: Ask the nearest 12th Man for directions.

What you’ll see there: Tarvaris Jackson not getting many reps.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Camp opens: July 27, Tampa, Fla.

How to find it: Look for a bunch of guys you don’t recognize playing football.

What you’ll see there: A bunch of guys you don’t recognize playing football.


Tennessee Titans

Camp opens: July 29, Nashville, Tenn.

How to find it: Take Interstate 40 to Nashville, stop at the police barricade.

What you’ll see there: Kenny Britt getting arrested.


Washington Redskins

Camp opens: July 28, Ashburn, Va.

How to find it: Close your eyes, concentrate and let the power of Robert Griffin III’s charisma pull you in.

What you’ll see there: Rex Grossman mentoring Robert Griffin III.

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