2021 - Dallas Cowboys
'Hard Knocks' Episode 5 recap: Ambitious Cowboys confront bottom line in season finale
Dan Hanzus recaps the season finale of HBO's Hard Knocks, which chronicles the final roster of the 2021 Dallas Cowboys and the continuing ambition of owner Jerry Jones.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Preseason success not enough for Cowboys underdogs
Dan Hanzus recaps the fourth episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys," which suffered from a change to the NFL schedule. On the plus side, Liev Schreiber's still the G.O.A.T. and Dak Prescott has an enticing new business venture.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Cowboys remain biggest show in the sport
Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys remain the biggest spectacle in professional football. With a bird's-eye view, Dan Hanzus recaps the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Quest of the underdog
On the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," the spotlight is on the underdogs. Dan Hanzus recaps your favorite football show.
2020 - Los Angeles
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Chargers, Rams prepare for unique year
NFL Network's Dan Hanzus recaps the season premiere of HBO's Hard Knocks, which takes a peek inside the unprecedented training camps of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams ahead of the 2020 season.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Energy builds when football helmets go on
NFL Network's Dan Hanzus recaps Ep. 2 of HBO's Hard Knocks, where the donning of helmets inches us closer to real football, a COVID-19 false positive puts the Chargers on edge, a Rams QB shows us his 'Goff Course' and Sean McVay apologizes for his shirtless escapade in the season premiere.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Will no preseason games hurt longshots?
It's not just Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff who misses the canceled preseason games. NFL Network's Dan Hanzus kind of agrees in his latest recap of HBO's "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Bolts, Rams react to a 'world on fire'
The penultimate episode in this season of "Hard Knocks" was unlike any previous offering. Dan Hanzus recaps a raw, poignant, emotional and historic hour of TV.
2019 - Oakland Raiders
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Jon Gruden wants 'nightmares'
Jon Gruden's second year of his second stint with the Raiders begins with cameras following his every move during camp. Dan Hanzus recaps the season debut of HBO's "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Where does Antonio Brown fit in?
From frostbitten feet to a helmet controversy, Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown has been the center of attention in the NFL for the past week. Dan Hanzus recaps the drama captured in the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Raiders may yet survive Brown saga
The drama around Antonio Brown looks like a terrible situation for the Raiders. But Oakland doesn't seem like a team torn asunder by its star wideout. Dan Hanzus recaps the latest episode of "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Jon Gruden has lived up to the hype
Recapping the penultimate episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks", Dan Hanzus observes the undeniable love of football that exudes from Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
2018 - Cleveland Browns
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Can Hue Jackson survive the Hardland?
Hue Jackson is back as head coach of the Browns despite winning just one of his first 32 games at the helm. Can he survive Year 3, which begins with cameras following his every move during camp? Dan Hanzus recaps the season debut of "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Browns' receiver walls are talking
The Cleveland Browns officially have wide receiver drama, and it's spreading throughout the room. No wonder Dez Bryant is under consideration to join the fray. Dan Hanzus recaps the second episode of "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Hello and goodbye, Dez Bryant
The Cleveland Browns' receiver carousel continues to spin. Despite being smitten with a certain former Cowboys wideout, Hue Jackson welcomes the return of a different high-profile pass catcher. Dan Hanzus recaps the third episode of "Hard Knocks."
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Tyrod Taylor catches a break
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor may not be the most important player on the Browns, but make no mistake, he is a major piece of the puzzle in Cleveland. Dan Hanzus recaps the fourth episode of "Hard Knocks."
2017 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Jameis Winston ready for his close-up
It certainly seems like producers of Hard Knocks -- which kicked off its 12th season on Tuesday night -- believe they have something special in Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Roberto Aguayo kicks away redemption arc
Hard Knocks was back Tuesday with a sizzling conclusion to the much-hyped kicker battle between Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk. Dan Hanzus breaks down the dramatic episode.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Jameis Winston, Bucs check right boxes
The study of the Bucs has been a fun ride for three episodes and counting. Why has this season stacked up favorably in the Hard Knocks cannon? Dan Hanzus explores that and more in his recap.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: These Bucs are loving life
Dan Hanzus can't remember a Hard Knocks season where a team was in better spirits than these Buccaneers.
2016 - Los Angeles Rams
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Jeff Fisher can't be Mr. 7-9 forever
Jeff Fisher knows all about your jokes. He's Mr. 7-9. But the Rams coach owns up to his team's eternal struggle with mediocrity in the Hard Knocks premiere. Dan Hanzus breaks it all down in his recap.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Rams a perfect fit for Los Angeles
Two episodes into the new season of "Hard Knocks" and it certainly feels like the right team is in Los Angeles. Dan Hanzus breaks down the laid-back demeanor of Jeff Fisher's squad in his latest recap.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: New stage for familiar faces
Tuesday's episode of Hard Knocks serves as something of a public re-introduction of two of the most famous -- and at times infamous -- coaches in recent NFL history. Dan Hanzus breaks it all down.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Rams take human approach to cuts
Is "Hard Knocks" too sensational in how it portrays cutdown day at training camp? Dan Hanzus says no, and believes the Rams have an approach that other teams would do well to follow.
2015 - Houston Texans
Eight things to watch on this season's 'Hard Knocks'
The 10th season of "Hard Knocks" will focus on the Houston Texans. There is no shortage of compelling storylines to follow with this team and Dan Hanzus has shared what he'll be watching for.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Bill O'Brien's profane power
"Hard Knocks" is back. Its newest star? Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, whose fiery persona and desire to return his team to relevance is on display from the first moment of Tuesday's premiere.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Brian Cushing a compelling bully
Brian Cushing is a bully, and he's not afraid if HBO and the world know it. The Texans linebacker uses the second episode of "Hard Knocks" as a showcase of his ability to intimidate and overpower.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Ryan Mallett gets bad news
We like to imagine Ryan Mallett exploding with rage when he gets the news that he lost the starting QB job to Brian Hoyer. But as "Hard Knocks" shows us, these things don't play out like the movies.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: The Turk comes calling
The Texans have to cut down their roster, and Bill O'Brien has yet to get comfortable with telling guys they have to go home. Dan Hanzus covers this and more in his latest 'Hard Knocks' recap.
2014 - Atlanta Falcons
Seven things to watch on this season's 'Hard Knocks'
We learned Thursday that the Atlanta Falcons will be featured on this season of "Hard Knocks." What are we looking forward to in the ninth installment of the HBO series? Roddy White, for one thing.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Falcons reboot machine
The Atlanta Falcons need to chase complacency out of their building. In the premiere of HBO's "Hard Knocks" we get to see how the team intends to do that. We also see coach Mike Smith's sandals.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Atlanta Falcons toughen up
Roddy White should dominate in the slot. Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith wants everyone to know that this year's Falcons aren't soft. Our Hard Knocks recap breaks down all of episode two.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: War of attrition
The knocks got harder for the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday's third installment of HBO's popular training camp series. The travails of backup quarterback T.J. Yates were a case in point.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Under pressure
Rookie Ra'Shede Hageman has had an easier time shedding NFL blocks than dealing with the tongue-lashings favored by NFL coaches. That and other observations from Tuesday's episode.
2013 - Cincinnati Bengals
Your (Un)official Season 8 'Hard Knocks' Viewing Guide
HBO's "Hard Knocks" returns Tuesday with an inside look at Cincinnati Bengals training camp. Dan Hanzus breaks down what to look for in the greatest football documentary series ever made.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Premiere a reminder of show's power
"Hard Knocks" has returned, and so have Dan Hanzus' episode recaps. In the premiere, we got an up-close view of Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green's knee scare and James Harrison's intensity.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Margus Hunt's star moment
Margus Hunt is the latest unlikely star in the "Hard Knocks" galaxy. The Estonia native-turned-Cincinnati Bengals defensive end stole the show during Episode 2 on Tuesday, Dan Hanzus writes.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Cincinnati Bengals begin cuts; Andy Dalton loosens up
"Hard Knocks" offers plenty of levity, but roster cuts give the show its emotional punch. Tuesday's episode shows the Cincinnati Bengals making tough calls on Aaron Maybin and others.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Never arm wrestle James Harrison
In the latest episode of "Hard Knocks," a Cincinnati Bengals rookie learns it's unwise to challenge James Harrison to a test of masculinity. Dan Hanzus breaks down this and more in his weekly recap.
2012 - Miami Dolphins
'Hard Knocks' Episode 1 recap: Show returns with a bang in Miami
No one missed HBO's "Hard Knocks" during its two-year absence more than Dan Hanzus, who praises Tuesday's season premiere for offering fans unparalleled NFL access.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Chad Johnson can't escape cameras
Tuesday's edition of "Hard Knocks" had no shortage of storylines, but Joe Philbin's sitdown with Chad Johnson following the wide receiver's arrest was the episode's most dramatic moment.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 3 recap: Ryan Tannehill in spotlight
Life is good for Ryan Tannehill, husband of Lauren, starting QB for the Miami Dolphins, headliner of "Hard Knocks." Dan Hanzus is back to break down Episode 3 of the popular HBO series.
'Hard Knocks' Episode 4 recap: Vontae Davis wants to phone home
When you get traded, what do you do? Call your grandmother, of course. Dan Hanzus breaks down Vontae Davis' odd final meeting with Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland in the latest "Hard Knocks."