What are OTAs?
- Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTAs, with a maximum of three OTAs each week for the first two weeks (during the first two weeks, a fourth non-OTA workout is allowed but phase two rules apply).
- No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
- No pads except protective knee and elbow pads are allowed during OTAs. Helmets are permitted.
- OTA days last six hours.
Those Phase II rules for the fourth workout for last week and this week?
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.
The collective bargaining agreement the NFL and the players’ union worked out didn’t want to overwork players at this point, so they limit teams to just three OTAs per week. Given the early injuries we’ve seen around the NFL, it’s easy to understand why.
Week 1: May 20-21, 23
Week 2: May 28-30
- Week 3: June 3-6
Mandatory Minicamp (10 hours a day) takes place after OTAs from June 11 - June 13.
Not a ton to really expect overall this week. It’s the last week of these practices before minicamp and then summer break ahead of training camp. The big key is to cross your fingers against injuries.
Other than that, it’s a week of light installation and drill work before next week’s minicamp and then we’re on the path to 2019!