NFC West: 2014 offseason workouts

Important Cardinals offseason dates

April, 3, 2014
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The Arizona Cardinals announced their offseason schedule on Thursday.

Teams with a returning coach can officially begin their offseason strength and conditioning on April 21, when the Cardinals' program will commence.

They'll have three voluntary organized team activities, commononly referred to as OTAs, a rookie minicamp and an all-team minicamp. Arizona's offseason program will be over by June 5, leaving the Cardinals almost two months before training camp should begin.

Here's the schedule:

April 21 - Offsesaon strength and conditioning program begins

May 20-22 - Voluntary OTA for veterans and rookies

May 23-25 - Minicamp for rookies

May 27-29 - Voluntary OTA for veterans and rookies

June 2-5 - Voluntary OTA for veterans and rookies

June 10-12 - Minicamp for veterans and rookies

Rams set offseason program

April, 3, 2014
Apr 3
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- While the NFL moved the draft back a couple of weeks to May this year, it didn't do much to change the dates for offseason programs around the league.

The league announced the starting dates and all of the organized team activities (OTAs) dates for all 32 teams on Thursday afternoon. Included in that group, of course, is the St. Louis Rams.

Because the NFL allows teams hiring new head coaches to get underway earlier than others, some teams will start their offseason conditioning programs as early as next week. As Jeff Fisher enters his third year as Rams coach, the Rams will have to wait until April 21 to begin the offseason program.

Until OTAs begin, the Rams can do strength and conditioning work. But all teams will have to wait until after the draft to start OTAs, the time when they can actually begin doing the on-field activities most closely resembling a practice.

Here are some key dates of the Rams' offseason program:

First day: April 21

OTA dates: June 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20

The Rams are getting started on OTAs s little later than other teams, but that's been common practice under Fisher. Fisher prefers to give his rookies a chance to come in, learn how the team wants things done and then mix in with the veterans. So it's safe to assume the rookies will come in soon after the draft and begin getting acclimated, likely with a rookie minicamp mixed in.

Another quirk to Fisher's offseason plan that differs from other teams is the absence of a mandatory full-squad minicamp. In fact, the Rams are the only team in the league without one scheduled.

All offseason work is closed to the public.
The NFL announced Thursday the schedule for the three-phase offseason workouts for each team. Here are the dates for the Seattle Seahawks:

April 21 to May 5 -- Two weeks of activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.

May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5 and June 9-12 – Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts.

June 17-19 – Mandatory minicamp.

The offseason workouts are done in three phases. Phase One is the strength and conditioning workouts.

Phase Two, over three weeks, can include on-field workouts, along with individual player instruction and drills, as well as team practices conducted on a separate basis. No live contact or team drills involving offense vs. defense are permitted.

In Phase Three, over the three weeks that starts May 26, teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Additionally, clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players.
The NFL announced Thursday the schedule for the three-phase offseason workouts for each team. Here are the dates for the Seattle Seahawks:

April 21 to May 5 -- Two weeks of activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.

May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5 and June 9-12 – Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts.

June 17-19 – Mandatory minicamp.

The offseason workouts are done in three phases. Phase One is the strength and conditioning workouts.

Phase Two, over three weeks, can include on-field workouts, along with individual player instruction and drills, as well as team practices conducted on a separate basis. No live contact or team drills involving offense vs. defense are permitted.

In Phase Three, over the three weeks that starts May 26, teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Additionally, clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players.

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