Despite missing the playoffs last year, the New England Patriots were not eligible to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer. However, one of their regular season opponents will open its doors to the NFL Films camera crews in training camp: the Dallas Cowboys are this year’s featured Hard Knocks team.
Giving an inside look into its operations is nothing new for the team of owner Jerry Jones. The Cowboys were already featured in 2002 and 2008. They also were the subject of Amazon’s All or Nothing in 2017.
“We are thrilled that Hard Knocks will be returning this summer and excited for our return to the NFC East and the Dallas Cowboys franchise,” Jonathan Crystal, Vice President of HBO Sports said in a statement. “We are beyond grateful to the Cowboys for opening up their doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with one of the sport’s world’s truly iconic franchises as they prepare for the upcoming season.”
The first of five episodes will air on August 10.
As for the Patriots, they will get a close look at the Cowboys two months later: Dallas will visit Gillette Stadium in Week 6 of the regular season.