Wanna get away? More NFL teams choosing to stay home

Once again, there is no place like home for NFL teams this summer.

For the second straight year, 17 of the 32 teams will remain at home for training camp. It’s the highest number over the last decade and the third time in the last four years the figure has been at 17. It’s a trend that’s occurred and doesn’t appear to be changing. As recently as 2001, only five teams remained at home for training camp. The number was seven in 2002 before reaching double-digits.

In many cases, this limits the access fans would have to see their teams practice. Action gets going this year on Friday when the Cleveland Browns rookies will report. The Dallas Cowboys begin camp the next day followed by the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

According to a press release by the league, new Washington coach Mike Shanahan was in favor of getting away for training camp but when he saw the facilities at Redskins Park, he decided to remain there. The team allows fans access to the practices.

Coaches used to view training camp as a way to get away and have players bond as the team facilitated chemistry. That notion has faded somewhat as coaches realize that the enormous amount of time they have with their players in the offseason allows them to work on that from March through June. Plus, moving camp elsewhere can be cost prohibitive for some clubs.

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