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Patriots announce first 2017 training camp dates

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New England’s first session will take place July 27.

Organized team activities are over and the NFL’s slowest period is upon us. Although the league never sleeps, as evidenced by the New England Patriots’ signing of former New York Jets linebacker David Harris, it still appears to run at a slower pace these days. It all will change in about one month, though.

At that point, training camps will open all across the NFL. The Patriots will return to the practice fields on Thursday, July 27, one day after veterans report and three days after rookies do the same. As the team announced earlier today, practices will take place each day from July 27 through July 30. The sessions will start at the 9 o’clock hour.

As has been the case throughout the years, New England’s training camp practices will be open to the media and the public. Furthermore, on July 29, the Patriots will induct former franchise great Raymond Clayborn into the team Hall of Fame. The ceremony will began shorty after that day’s practice has concluded.

These first four practices are not the only sessions already announced. The Patriots will also hold joint practices at Gillette Stadium on August 7 and August 8: the Jacksonville Jaguars will visit New England prior to the two teams’ preseason meeting. One week later, the defending world champions will travel to West Virginia to hold joint sessions with the Houston Texans.