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NFL Offseason Schedule: What to look out for until NFL returns

The NFL Championship is over for another season and we now have a seven-month wait until the NFL games return to our screens.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any NFL events to stay on top of or any football throughout the summer. Let’s break down the big-ticket items to keep American football fans satisfied until September.

NFL Scouting Combine: Feb 28- Mar 6

The NFL combine is the chance for draft prospects to showcase their skills and prove to potential franchise landing spots that they deserve a place on their team.

From 40-yard dashes to bench pressing, the combine puts all prospects through their paces and can make the difference between a player being an early draft pick or a late-round selection.

The combine is a big week in the NFL calendar and takes place this year at Lucas Oil Stadium, which is home to the Indianapolis Colts.

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NFL free agency opens: Mar 15 

The new NFL year starts on Mar 15, which is also the day that free agency opens. We’ll see plenty of teams announce new player additions during that time with the “legal tampering” period taking place two days earlier, which is usually when these deals are decided.

Free agents to look out for include the likes of quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Jimmy Garoppolo, while running back Josh Jacobs could also be on the market after posting the most rushing yards last season. The opening of free agency will also see trades start to take place.

NFL Draft: Apr 27-29 

The NFL Draft is always one of the highlights of the year and typically takes place across the last weekend of April. This year, the draft will be taking place in Kansas City from April 27-29.

The NFL Draft is when the best players in college football are selected by NFL teams to come play for them, and is where all fans of struggling teams dream of finding the next superstar that could help guide them to the top of the mountain.

You’ll hear plenty of talk over the next couple of months about which college players will be going in the early rounds and which teams are linked with who.

The draft is a great spectacle and one of the most exciting weekends in the NFL calendar. The Chicago Bears currently hold the number one pick, but there is talk of them potentially trading down with a team looking to secure a quarterback.

Rookie minicamp: May 5-15

The Rookie minicamp takes place a week after the draft and enables newly signed rookies the chance to get accustomed to their new NFL franchises while also looking to make a statement to their coaches nice and early.

NFL preseason: Aug 2023

We’ll also have the NFL preseason to whet our appetites for the real thing.

Preseason runs throughout August and gives football fans the chance to see new players in action and also get a first glimpse at the rookies their teams have drafted.

Although they’re basically friendlies, some teams take preseason very seriously. A great example of that is the Baltimore Ravens, who have won 23 preseason games in a row and have not lost since 2015.

The Ravens are +2800 To Win The 2023/24 NFL Championship.

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