The NFL today announced the key dates in each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program.
Per the NFL’s bulletin, citing the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the offseason program consists of three phases, as follows:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is alloweed, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
As part of Phase 3, clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. Head coaches hired after the end of the 2013 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.
The Giants’ scheduled workout dates are as follows and are subject to change:
- Program kickoff: April 21
- OTA Offseason Workouts: May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13
- Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19
In addition to the above, clubs may hold a rookie football development program for seven weeks, commencing on May 12 this year and will not consist of activities to be held on a weekend with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp.
The rookie minicamp maybe be held on either the first or second weekend following the draft, which this year falls on May 8-10. The NFL has not yet announced the dates for each’s club’s rookie minicamp.