The NFL sure likes to announce things.
Today, it announced that the professional athletes that participate in its league will indeed start working out for the 2016 season. You can check it out here.
The Vikings’ offseason program will begin April 18. Their OTAs are May 24-26, May 31-June 2 and June 6-9.
The team’s mandatory minicamp is June 14-16.
According to the NFL, there are three phases to its offseason programs. Here they are:
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.
None of these workouts is open to the public.