Offseason workout guidelines

April, 20, 2014
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The Patriots open their offseason workout program, and there are several guidelines and restrictions related to these workouts, highlighted below:

General
" Workouts are strictly voluntary
" A maximum of four workouts per week (no weekends)
" One week is the mandatory minicamp (no weekends)
" Contact work is prohibited in all workouts
" Intensity and tempo of drills should be at level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority

Phase one (four hours a day)
" Two weeks. Limited to strength and conditioning activities with only the strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field
" 90-minute maximum on the field
" Clubs can only specify two hours for the players to be at the facility
" Players choose the other two hours for weights, etc.

Phase two (four hours a day)
" Three weeks with the same rules with a few exceptions:
" All coaches allowed on field
" Individual and “perfect play” drills allowed
" No offense vs. defense, no 1-on-1’s, no helmets

Phase three (six hours a day)
" Four weeks total
" Three weeks for 10 total OTA’s
" A maximum of three OTA’s each week for the first two weeks
" During Weeks one and two a fourth OTA is allowed but phase two rules apply
" A maximum of four OTA’s for the third or fourth week
" One week for mini camp
" No pads except protective knee and elbow pads
" Helmets are permitted
" No live contract drills between OL and DL or WR and DB
" 7 on 7, 9 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills will be permitted

Minicamp (10 hours a day)
" Physicals on Monday but no practice
" Practices Tuesday-Thursday with a day off on Friday
" Allowed two practices totaling three and a half hours on the field per day
" Second practice limited to walk through activities only
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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