Voluntary Program begins next week
The wheels that will carry us into the 2018 NFL season are slowly beginning to turn. The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and NFL teams are now able to begin their Offseason workout programs.
The New York Giants will begin their offseason program on Monday, April 9. They could have begun this week, but the Giants chose to start next week in order to run a schedule with fewer breaks in it.
First Day: April 9
Voluntary Mini-camp: April 24-26
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Mini-camp: June 12-14
The pre-draft voluntary mini-camp the Giants will hold is allowed because they have a new head coach. Multiple reports have indicated the Giants will use those three days, in part, to allow coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula and GM Dave Gettleman to get a look at second-year quarterback Davis Webb.
Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 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.
Giants assistant coaches will be available to the media on Wednesday, the first time we get a chance to speak with members of the staff Shurmur has assembled.