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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Texans' offseason program starts Monday

By Tania Ganguli

Seems like it just ended, doesn't it?

I bet it will feel that way for Houston Texans players, many of whom will be heading back to work starting Monday when the team's offseason program begins. They are among the teams allowed to start April 7 because of a new head coach.

The start of the offseason program is voluntary and Phase 1 means a strength and conditioning program as well as rehab. In the case of the Texans, players will be acclimating themselves to new strength coach Craig Fitzgerald's ways.

The second phase, which begins in Week 3 can include on-field individual instructions and can include team practices without live contact or team offense versus team defense drills. The Texans will hold a pre-draft minicamp during this phase from May 6 to May 8.

Phase 3 includes 10 days of organized team activities. The Texans will have theirs on May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9, 10, 12 and 13.

The mandatory portion of the Texans offseason program will take place from June 17-19 in their minicamp.