Packers correct offseason workout dates
The Green Bay Packers have corrected the dates for their offseason workouts that were announced last week.
The Packers still will begin their preparation for the 2016 NFL season with a nine-week offseason program that starts April 18. But the dates for their organized team activities have changed. The correct OTA dates are May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3 and June 6-9. The mandatory minicamp remains scheduled for June 14-16.
One OTA practice per week is typically open to the public. All of the minicamp practices are also open, though the Packers usually cancel one in favor of a team-building exercise.
Here's a description from the NFL on the three phases of the offseason program and rookie orientation:
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in 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.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2016 may begin on May 9. 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. The dates of the post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.
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