Hard Knocks

10 Best Episodes of Hard Knocks

An inside look at NFL training camps. From the top coaches to the rookies trying to make the team, Hard Knocks showcases what it takes to be in the NFL.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 08, 2023.

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Hard Knocks - S8E5

#15 - Episode 05 (Season 8 - Episode 5)

In the season finale, the preseason comes to a close as the Bengals prepare to face the visiting Indianapolis Colts; coaches evaluate player performances as they prepare for final roster cuts.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 27 votes.

Hard Knocks - S13E4

#14 - Episode 4 (Season 13 - Episode 4)


Star receiver Josh Gordon returns while players on the margins fight for their place on the team.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 92 votes.

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#13 - Episode 2 (Season 13 - Episode 2)


The episode was rated 7.64 from 120 votes.

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#12 - Episode 04 (Season 11 - Episode 4)



The episode was rated 7.65 from 130 votes.

Hard Knocks - S12E5

#11 - Episode 5 (Season 12 - Episode 5)

Jameis Winston, Gerald McCoy, Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson prepare for the regular season. Rookie hopefuls Riley Bullough, aka "Joe Dirt," and Jeremy McNichols, aka "McWeapon," hope to survive the final cuts, when 37 players will lose their jobs.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 117 votes.

Hard Knocks - S10E5

#10 - Episode 05 (Season 10 - Episode 5)


The Texans travel to Dallas for their final preseason game against the Cowboys. The coaching staff reduces the roster to 53 players in preparation for the Sept. 13 regular season opener with Kansas City.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 51 votes.

Hard Knocks - S10E1

#9 - Episode 01 (Season 10 - Episode 1)

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and his fellow Texans kick off training camp in Houston. Head coach Bill O'Brien leads 90 players through the first week of drills, and the team travels to Virginia, where they practice against the NFC East's Washington Redskins.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 70 votes.

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#8 - Episode 03 (Season 8 - Episode 3)


Training camp accelerates, and the Tennessee Titans of the AFC South visit Paul Brown Stadium for the Bengals' first pre-season home game.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 28 votes.

Hard Knocks - S10E2

#7 - Episode 02 (Season 10 - Episode 2)

Rookies and veterans show some style and the team gears up for its preseason slate with a home game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 65 votes.

Hard Knocks - S17E5

#6 - Episode 5 (Season 17 - Episode 5)



The episode was rated 7.89 from 45 votes.

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#5 - Episode 04 (Season 8 - Episode 4)

The Bengals travel to Dallas for a preseason encounter with the Cowboys; the coaching staff meets to make important roster decisions as the deadline approaches.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 26 votes.

Hard Knocks - S17E3

#4 - Episode 3 (Season 17 - Episode 3)



The episode was rated 7.94 from 48 votes.

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#3 - Episode 4 (Season 17 - Episode 4)


The episode was rated 7.98 from 45 votes.

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#2 - Episode 2 (Season 17 - Episode 2)


Week 2 of training camp sees Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell challenging his players, including first round pick Aiden Hutchinson who appears in his first NFL preseason game in front of his hometown Michigan fans.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 57 votes.

Hard Knocks - S17E1

#1 - Episode 1 (Season 17 - Episode 1)

Enthusiasm is building for the 2022 Lions. In his second season as Head Coach, Dan Campbell welcomes the youngest roster in the NFL back to training camp, including this year’s number two overall draft pick, Michigan native Aiden Hutchinson.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 59 votes.

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