Originally Posted by infantrycak
What league rules are you referring to?
Last week I found that the league has rules and dates proscribing when teams may practice, whether in shorts or pads, etc. How far coaches can go circumventing these, is up to interpretation. But "team activities" are restricted to the dates below. My interpretation is that the April 15 date refers to "strength, conditioning and physical rehabilitation". The start of on field activities begin after the draft on May 8-10.
This is for 2013, but 2014 will be similar: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...eason-workouts
Following is the NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar for 2013. Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club's official, 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 permissible.
Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program. Head coaches hired after the end of the 2012 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2013 may begin on May 13. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.
For specific information and detailed offseason program rules, please see Articles 21 and 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (beginning on page 131), available on nflmedia.com and nflcommunications.com.
Dates are tentative and subject to change:
Houston Texans: First day - April 15; Organized team activities - May 20, 21, 23, 28-30, June 3-6; Minicamps - June 11-13; Rookie minicamps - May 10-12