The NFL offseason is moving along at a brisk pace and as we approach this May’s NFL Draft. Teams are now gearing up for voluntary offseason workouts. Each club designates dates for offseason workouts, designed to condition the players for the upcoming season.
The voluntary nine-week offseason program for NFL teams consists of three phases:
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 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. After OTAs, teams may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players, occurring during Phase Three of the offseason program. Teams will conduct one on-field practice each day during the three day minicamp.
Teams also may hold a rookie development program for a seven week period, beginning May 12. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.
Here are the dates for the Dolphins’ Off-Season Program (Practices ARE NOT open to the public):
- First Day: April 21
- Rookie Mini-Camp: May 23-25
- OTA Offseason Workouts: May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12
- Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19