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The NFL announced report dates for every team’s 2022 training camp on Thursday, with New Orleans Saints rookies scheduled to arrive on July 19 and veteran players to report on July 26. It isn’t immediately clear when practices will open to fans at the Saints’ training facility in Metairie, so stay tuned.
Let’s recap the offseason so far. Things are shaping up for an exciting summer under first-year head coach Dennis Allen. New Orleans made some splashy additions this offseason in free agency, signing hometown heroes Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry, before taking an aggressive approach to the 2022 NFL draft to land first-rounders Chris Olave and Trevor Penning. An ill-advised run at troubled $230 million man Deshaun Watson went nowhere, and now the team has put its efforts towards supporting Jameis Winston as its starting quarterback.
So now we know when we’ll be getting a good look at Winston, Olave, Penning, Landry, and Mathieu and all their teammates when the Saints regroup in late July. It’s the next step in a long march towards the start of the regular season — with the daily grind of training camp practices on the horizon, and a series of preseason games and tough roster cuts to follow. Week 1’s kickoff with the Atlanta Falcons will be here before we know it. Here’s some dates to mark on your calendar:
July 19: Saints rookies report for training camp
July 26: Saints veterans report for training camp
Aug. 13: Saints preseason game at Houston Texans
Aug. 16: Saints joint practice with Packers in Green Bay
Aug. 16: Deadline to reduce rosters from 90 to 85 players
Aug. 17: Saints joint practice with Packers in Green Bay
Aug. 19: Saints preseason game at Packers
Aug. 23: Deadline to reduce rosters from 85 to 80 players
Aug. 26: Saints preseason game vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Aug. 30: Deadline to reduce rosters from 80 to 53 players
Sep. 11: Saints season opener at Atlanta Falcons