Friday, April 4, 2014
Vikings begin offseason workouts Monday
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings are one of seven teams with a new head coach, and as such, they're one of seven teams allowed to begin their offseason workout program next week.
The Vikings will get started on Monday, as will the Browns, Lions, Texans, Buccaneeers, Titans and Redskins. Players are only allowed to do strength and conditioning work, as well as rehab, in the first two weeks of the program, but linebacker Michael Mauti said on Thursday that new strength and conditioning coach Evan Marcus has some different weight training plans than the Vikings' old regime, so players will get a chance to learn their new strength program starting next week.
In the second phase of offseason workouts, players can receive individual instruction in position drills. The Vikings will hold a voluntary pre-draft minicamp (another privilege of having a new coach) a week before the draft. Finally, teams can conduct "organized team activities" -- or full-squad, non-padded practices -- in the third phase, leading up to a mandatory minicamp in June. The NFL has not announced dates for rookie camps yet, but the Vikings have historically held one the week after the draft.
Here is the Vikings' full offseason schedule:
April 7 -- Offseason strength and conditioning programs begin
April 29-May 1 -- Voluntary pre-draft minicamp
May 28-30 -- Voluntary OTA for rookies and veterans
June 3-5 -- Voluntary OTA for rookies and veterans
June 9-12 -- Voluntary OTA for rookies and veterans
June 17-19 -- Mandatory mini-camp for rookies and veterans