It’s hard to believe, but for NFL teams, football is almost back. We are just days away from when many teams will welcome their players back to the facility for the first time since the end of last season.
First day: April 15
Organized Training Activities (OTA’s): May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
Mandatory minicamp: June 11-13
This means Jon Gruden will meet all of his new additions to the team together in two weeks, beginning phase one. Those two week consist of 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 permitted.
Phase Three is the OTA portion which is a total of 10 practices. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. This is followed by the three-day mandatory minicamp, all of which must take place over a four-week time period.
In between those dates will be the draft April 25-27 and the rookie minicamp which will be held either the weekend following the draft or two weeks after.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2019 may begin on May 13.