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Rams Begin First Offseason Activities Since Relocating

The Los Angeles Rams have begun Phase I of their 2016 offseason schedule.

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The Los Angeles Ramsofficial offseason schedule begins in earnest today with Phase I, a two-week period of "activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only."

It's certain to be an interested period as the Rams adjust to a roster without DE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis, TE Jared Cook, CB Janoris Jenkins or FS Rodney McLeod. And incoming are the duo of CB Coty Sensabaugh and Quinton Coples. Of course with those five departures, the roles for guys like OLB Alec Ogletreeand S Maurice Alexander are certain to be ones of immediate interest.

Phase II lasts for three weeks thereafter and allows for on-field work and drills, but no contact or team offense vs. team defense drills.

The final phase, four weeks long, is the period when teams can schedule up to 10 organized team activities (OTAs) of offense v. defense drills, though again without live contact.

So for the calendar enthusiasts out there, that puts Phase I from April 18-May 1, Phase II from May 2-22, and Phase III from May 23-June 19.

NFL teams are also permitted to hold a mandatory minicamp; the Rams have it scheduled for mid-June...however, Jeff Fisher has never opted to run a minicamp. Instead, he insists that as long as he gets maximum participation in the early offseason program, he does not require minicamp participation.

This session is unusually strange as the Rams, having recently relocated from St. Louis, are holding the offseason program in Oxnard. In a couple of months, they'll then move to the training camp facility at the University of California, Irvine, before permanently relocating their HQ to Thousand Oaks.

Here's a handy map of all the sites: practice, training, administrative, et al. (You can access the map directly here)