‘Hard Knocks’ fans are in for a treat as the NFL prepares for the 2021 regular season.
In news that was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys will be featured on HBO’s hit summer series, which follows an NFL team (or, in 2020, two teams) through an entire training camp and preseason.
The show usually spans the time leading up to the first preseason game before covering the featured team’s four preseason games. That format will undoubtedly take a hit as a result of the NFL’s new 17-game regular-season schedule, which eliminates one of the four preseason games.
Regardless of how they use their time this season, the HBO and NFL Films crews struck gold with this selection heading into the 2021 season.
Fans will get a glimpse at the return of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after a devastating injury ended his 2020 campaign early. The 2021 season will be Prescott’s first under his new contract extension, which he signed after the conclusion of the 2020 season.
Viewers will also follow big-name personalities like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott, along with stars like linebacker Jaylon Smith, wide received CeeDee Lamb, and rookie linebacker Micah Parsons.
Last season, the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams took part in one of the most unique seasons of ‘Hard Knocks,’ highlighted by COVID-19 protocols and the push for racial equality amid a tumultuous summer in 2020.
Similar to the situation with the Rams in 2020, HBO will get a repeat ‘Hard Knocks’ appearance from the Cowboys in 2021, who have already appeared on the show two times before.
The season will debut on Tuesday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET., and will run for five weeks.