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NFLPA report cards: Dolphins on top, Commanders last again

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The NFLPA released its second NFL Player Team Report Cards on Wednesday, intending to help players make career decisions and improve working conditions across the league.

An impressive 1,706 players provided information that shaped the rankings with categories including treatment of families, food/cafeteria, nutritionist/dietician, locker room, training room, training staff, weight room, strength coaches, team travel, head coach, and ownership.

A complete breakdown of each team's grades in each specific category can be found here.

Here's how all 32 teams ranked:

Team Report Card Rank
Dolphins 1st
Vikings 2nd
Packers 3rd
Eagles 4th
Jaguars 5th
49ers 6th
Texans 7th
Giants 8th
Raiders 9th
Bears 10th
Bills 11th
Cowboys 12th
Lions 13th
Seahawks 14th
Ravens 15th
Broncos 16th
Panthers 17th
Titans 18th
Saints 19th
Rams 20th
Jets 21st
Colts 22nd
Browns 23rd
Buccaneers 24th
Falcons 25th
Bengals 26th
Cardinals 27th
Steelers 28th
Patriots 29th
Chargers 30th
Chiefs 31st
Commanders 32nd

The Miami Dolphins earned the highest overall grade, marking a slight increase from their second-place score in 2023. The Dolphins received no lower than an A- in each category, ranking first in food/cafeteria, training room, training staff, weight room, team travel, and ownership.

Meanwhile, it's the second straight year the Washington Commanders wind up at the bottom of the league's report card. The team's facility was a major issue, as interviewed players criticized the locker room's small size and need for renovation after multiple sewage leaks were reported. The training room, training staff, treatment of families, and team travel also all received scores of F or F-.

Odd Tidbits

  • The Arizona Cardinals improved slightly in the food/cafeteria category after stopping the practice of charging players for dinner in the facility.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers require younger players to have roommates on work travel unless they pay $1,750 for their own room each season.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals are the only team that closes their cafeteria on players' days off.
  • The New England Patriots players are the only ones who feel their team's facility is worse than places they can train offsite.

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