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2017 NFL Important Dates

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At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a oneyear contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such




NFL Network announces 2017 Preseason schedule; to carry 16 Games Live

Live Games on NFL Network Feature Preseason Debuts of Three First-Round Quarterbacks & Marshawn Lynch Facing the Seattle Seahawks​

Only Network to Show All 65 Preseason Games

Watch Live Out-of-Market Preseason Games with ‘NFL Game Pass’

NFL Network remains the only network to show the entire slate of 65 preseason games in 2017, highlighted by 16 live games featuring 10 playoff teams from 2016.

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule kicks off Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30 PM ET when the Carolina Panthers host the Houston Texans. Each team selected top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, with the Panthers drafting running back Christian McCaffrey and the Texans selecting national championship-winning quarterback Deshaun Watson.

In addition to Watson, NFL Network will broadcast the preseason debuts of two other first-round quarterbacks live when second overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears play the Denver Broncos on Thursday, August 10 at 8:00 PM ET, and when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, August 11 at 10:00 PM ET.

Additional live Week 1 preseason games on NFL Network include Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams hosting 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, August 12 at 9:00 PM ET, and the Chargers’ first game in Los Angeles since 1961 when they face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, August 13 at 8:00 PM ET.

NFL Network airs six Week 2 preseason games live, beginning with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Minnesota Vikings Friday, August 18 at 10:00 PM ET. On Saturday, August 19, NFL Network offers a triple-header of live Week 2 preseason games, with the Tennessee Titans hosting the Carolina Panthers at 3:00 PM ET, the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Dallas Cowboys at 7:00 PM ET, and the Denver Broncos playing the San Francisco 49ers at 10:00 PM ET.

Week 2 concludes on Sunday, August 20 with the 2016 NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:00 PM ET, and the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the New Orleans Saints at 8:00 PM ET.

NFL Network will air one game during Week 3 on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 PM ET between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins.

NFL Network’s live preseason schedule concludes with a Week 4 double-header on Thursday, August 31. At 7:00 PM ET, the New York Jets host the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders playing Lynch’s former team, the Seattle Seahawks, at 10:00 PM ET.

To view the entire 2017 preseason schedule on NFL Network, visit:

All NFL Network programming – including 16 LIVE preseason games and re-airs of all 65 preseason games – can also be streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app ( and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to

NFL Game Pass provides fans in the United States with another opportunity to watch live out-of-market preseason games, as well as other exclusive content. Available for $99.99 for the 2017-2018 season, NFL Game Pass offers NFL fans the following:

  • Live Preseason Games – Watch live out-of-market preseason games (blackout restrictions apply)
  • NFL Game Replays – Watch full broadcasts of NFL games, available the same day the games are played. Additional features include condensed versions of NFL games and ‘All-22′ and ‘High Endzone’ angle coaches film footage
  • Live Gameday Audio – Listen to the live home and away radio broadcast for every NFL game
  • NFL Game & Show Archive – Full NFL game broadcasts from 2009-2017 are available through NFL Game Pass, as well as previous seasons of NFL shows such as Hard KnocksA Football LifeSoundFX and America’s Game

NFL Game Pass is available at, as well as on Smartphones and Tablets via NFL Mobile, and Connected TVs (Xbox One, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Windows 10) via the NFL app. New for this season, NFL Game Pass has undergone a complete website redesign and the search functionality has been greatly improved to include new filtering and playlist curating options.​



(All Times are Eastern)

Week 1

Wednesday, August 9

7:30 PM – Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers

Thursday, August 10

8:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears

Friday, August 11

7:00 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants

10:00 PM – San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (joined live in progress)

Saturday, August 12

9:00 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, August 13

1:30 PM – Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts

8:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers


Week 2

Friday, August 18

10:00 PM – Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks

Saturday, August 19

3:00 PM – Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans

7:00 PM – Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

10:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, August 20

4:00 PM – Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

8:00 PM – New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers


Week 3

Thursday, August 24

7:00 PM – Miami Dolphins vs. Philadelphia Eagles


Week 4

Thursday, August 31

7:00 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets 

10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

* Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets.



NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films,, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to




NFL hosting inaugural Coaching Clinic this weekend in New Jersey

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As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen our game through the development of coachesand players, the National Football League will host the inaugural NFL COACHING CLINIC June 16-18 at the New York Jets’ Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.


Bringing together more than 60 current NFL coaches, the coaching clinic will provide a foundation for communicating and teaching position fundamentals through engaging and interactive sessions. This year’s program will focus on the quarterback, offensive line, linebacker and defensive line positions. Participants were nominated by NFL clubs and include team representatives who currently have one-to-three years of coaching experience.


“Our peer-to-peer model brings together the best in football to exchange ideas, get into the nuances of coaching, and inspire the next generation of great coaches,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “There are so many aspects to coaching beyond the Xs and Os, and this affords our younger coaches a first-hand opportunity to see models of best practices and achievement from coaches with more experience.”


During the three-day event, a panel of speakers composed of retired or inactive coaches renowned for their coaching success and their reputation as teachers will instruct and demonstrate techniques, discuss effective communication, and share perspectives on best practices. There will also be presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and on-the-field demonstrations.


Topics will include best practices for communicating with players, basic mechanics for each position, fundamentals in the contact zone, building player confidence, and improving timing and recognition skills.


“This NFL coaching clinic is a wonderful undertaking,” says former NFL executive and Hall of Famer Bill Polian. “It gives young coaches an opportunity to learn skills and technique from the very best coaching minds in the game. I look forward very much to participating in it.”


The list of executives and coaches participating as faculty include Troy Vincent, Bill Polian, Matt Birk, Ted Cottrell, Kevin Gilbride, Al Groh, Ray Hamilton, Jim McNally, Howard Mudd, Jimmy Raye, Sr., Norv Turner, and Dave Wannstedt.



NFL 2017 Upcoming Important Dates

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Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms
At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a oneyear contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such

USA Football announces introduction of 11 youth football leagues spanning nine states to pilot


Rookie Tackle – a bridge game between flag football and 11-player tackle

Rookie Tackle, a bridge game between flag football and 11-player tackle, is designed to introduce young athletes to tackle football. In alignment with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model (ADM), USA Football will pilot Rookie Tackle this fall as part of a long-term athlete development pathway in the sport.

A fun, skill-development-centric version of the game for young athletes, Rookie Tackle will be evaluated throughout an 11-league pilot season. This version of football delivers a progression practiced in a variety of sports, including tee-ball to “coach pitch” to “player pitch” in baseball.

A key outcome of the pilot is to learn how players, parents, coaches and youth league commissioners embrace its concept and how it may be improved for a wider spectrum of youth sports programs in future seasons. Youth players’ physical activity also will be measured to gauge fitness benefits specific to the small-sided game. Similar versions of the sport have been played in some youth leagues for years. USA Football continues its commitment to innovative new standards by introducing the USOC’s ADM to football through Rookie Tackle, joining a family of initiatives including Heads Up Football, which advances coaching education and safer play in high schools and youth leagues nationwide.

“This is an exciting step in our sport’s evolution for the good of young athletes,” said USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK. “The 11 youth programs participating in this pilot season will help us evaluate Rookie Tackle and the benefits of a player pathway for athletes, coaches and parents.”

“It’s a game that teaches so much, it’s a great education, it’s a stepping stone, it’s a transition to 11-player football and I can’t think of a better game that does it,” said USA Football Master Trainer and National High School Hall of Fame football coach CHUCK KYLE. Kyle, the head football coach at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, also serves as the Cleveland Browns’ youth football advisor. Kyle has helped the Browns become the first NFL team to assist USA Football in establishing a Rookie Tackle pilot league.

“The American Development Model stresses long term athlete development principles to encourage our kids to develop a wide range of athletic skills to strengthen their foundation for success and enjoyment in sport,” said United States Olympic Committee Chief of Sport Performance ALAN ASHLEY. “I commend USA Football’s leadership for moving towards the American Development Model for the betterment of the sport’s future.”


Key Aspects of Rookie Tackle Game Play

  • Six, seven or eight players on the field per team
  • 40-yard-by-35-yard playing field size, scaled for a youth athlete’s age and skill level
  • Maximizes field space by playing two games simultaneously on a regulation-sized field
  • Players learn multiple positions and skills; position-specialization is not introduced
  • Smaller teams foster more playing time and opportunities for improvement, success
  • Players on offensive and defensive lines begin every play in a two-point stance
  • Removal of special teams encourages more plays from scrimmage and skill development
  • More focused, individualized coaching attention by virtue of a smaller roster
  • A video about Rookie Tackle and its game play can be found here

* Rookie Tackle variations will be evaluated during the 2017 pilot.

Rookie Tackle Pilot Locations and Organizations

Austin, Texas: Hill Country Pop Warner

Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Rookie Tackle

Frisco, Texas: Frisco Football League

Indianapolis, Ind.: Indy Youth Sports

Lakewood, Colo.: JeffCo Midget Football Association

Lexington, Ky.: Central Kentucky Youth Football League

Oregon City, Ore.: Tualatin Valley Youth Football League

Philadelphia, Pa.: The School District of Philadelphia

Smyrna, Ga.: Georgia Girls Tackle Football

Westfield, Ind.: Westfield Youth Football League

Yaphank, N.Y.: Suffolk County PAL Football League


Support for USA Football’s Rookie Tackle Pilot Program

The proper development of young players is important to ensure the sport’s long-term viability, and Rookie Tackle is the right step to ensure football’s enjoyment is continued for generations to come.”

Bill Polian, Pro Football Hall of Fame Contributor,

Chairman of USA Football’s Football Advisory Committee and NFL Analyst for ESPN

“As we continue to learn more, this is a sensible step for the development of young athletes. By targeting their physical and mental development, we can help maximize their potential and keep them active supporting success on and off the field.”

Dr. Stanley Herring, USA Football Medical Advisory Committee Chairman

“Educating coaches and parents is more important than ever, and USA Football’s proposed player pathway is another advancement in football education. As long-time football parents, we’re excited to see USA Football pilot Rookie Tackle.”

Chris and Mike Golic, Football Parents and Co-Host of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike”

“Our No. 1 priority is to make sure our students learn and grow, and while this must happen through the classroom,

our young people can also develop character through athletics. We are glad to partner with

USA Football to provide our students with a safer, fun and healthy experience with the sport.”

Dr. William R. HiteSuperintendent of The School District of Philadelphia

“The game of football has evolved tremendously over the last several years. We must continue to find ways to grow and evolve the game, and I believe Rookie Tackle does that. Rookie Tackle is a common-sense approach to introduce tackle football to kids. We applaud USA Football for taking this very valuable step towards improving the game at the youth level.

Pop Warner is proud to have one of our leagues participate in this pilot season.”

Jon Butler, Executive Director, Pop Warner

“We are always seeking new ways to strengthen our support of youth and high school football in our state, and the

Rookie Tackle program provides a unique opportunity by creating an atmosphere that is structured to benefit early skill development, and most importantly, allows kids to learn and love football. The Browns are proud to partner with USA Football for this innovative program and to help host a pilot league in Northeast Ohio this fall.”

Jenner Tekancic, Vice President of Community Relations, Cleveland Browns

“We commend USA Football and the 11 youth leagues that are participating in this pilot program. The NFL shares a commitment to youth football development and is proud to support USA Football and the Rookie Tackle program. From smaller fields to an enhanced player experience – Rookie Tackle is a critical step forward in a concerted effort to better teach the fundamentals and create additional pathways for youth participants to play the game.”

Roman Oben, Senior Director, Youth and High School Football, National Football League

“Rookie Tackle has the potential to enhance the social and physical benefits football provides young athletes today.

As a coach, I see not only a pathway for the development of youth players, but also a pathway for youth football coaches.”

Tony Dungy, Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach, Former NFL Player and NFL Analyst for NBC Sports

“Partnering with USA Football to implement the Rookie Tackle program is a decision our league believes will enhance the youth football experience for our players and their families. After experiencing the game at its highest level, it is essential that our sport adopts a ‘right age, right stage’ philosophy for the best interests of our kids.”

Chad Pennington, Rookie Tackle Pilot League Commissioner and Former NFL Quarterback


About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.




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