Can you smell that? It’s almost football season! Actually…not really. However, with every NFL team announcing its’ offseason workout schedule, we’re starting to approach the point that we can begin to think about saying it’s almost football season. (Yes, we’re desperate but don’t act like you aren’t either and get off your high horse!) Here’s a description of the workout schedules, straight from the NFL’s website:
“These nine-week programs are conducted in three phases, per the collective bargaining agreement:
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 versus team defense drills are permitted.
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 permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.”
Seems simple enough. For you Carolina Panthers fans, here’s the schedule:
-The first day is April 21st
-OTA offseason workouts are May 27-29, June 3-5, and June 7-9
-There is voluntary minicamp but the mandatory minicamp is June 17-19