OTA Schedule Starts This Week For Most NFL Teams

May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Mike Harris (34) defends wide receiver Mike Brown (12) during rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

Organized Team Activities (OTA) are picking up this week for most NFL teams. OTAs are essentially a series of practices but do not include pads nor live hitting.

Many NFL teams are moving into the third phase of their offseason program this week as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are starting. The first phase of the offseason program focused on conditioning, the second phase focused on on-field instruction from the coaches and the third phase, OTAs, is as close to a regular practice as we'll see before training camp.

Here is the relevant section of the CBA as it pertains to OTAs:

During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field. No live contact is permitted. No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Team offense vs. team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permit­ted during Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program or any minicamp.

So, it's a practice but not really. There are no pads and no hitting.

Most of the teams with new head coaches started their OTA schedule last week as they can begin the offseason program earlier than teams with returning head coaches. Here is the OTA schedule for every team:

TEAM

OTA DATES

MINICAMP DATES (All camps include rookies and veterans unless otherwise noted)

ARIZONA

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

ATLANTA

May 29-31, June 5-7, June 12-15

May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

BALTIMORE

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

BUFFALO

May 29, May 31-June 1, June 5, June 7-8, June 11-12, June 14-15

May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

CAROLINA

May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

CHICAGO

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

CINCINNATI

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

CLEVELAND

May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 12-15

May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

DALLAS

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

DENVER

May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

DETROIT

May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

GREEN BAY

May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 5-8

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

HOUSTON

May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7

June 12-14

INDIANAPOLIS

May 15-17, May 22-24, June 4-7

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

JACKSONVILLE

May 15-17, May 22-24, May 29-June 1

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

KANSAS CITY

May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

MIAMI

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14

May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

MINNESOTA

May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14

May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

NEW ENGLAND

May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-5, June 7-8

May 10-12 (rookies), June 12-14

NEW ORLEANS

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14

May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

NEW YORK GIANTS

May 23-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

NEW YORK JETS

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4, June 6-7

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

OAKLAND

May 14-15, May 17, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

PHILADELPHIA

May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7

May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14

PITTSBURGH

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

ST. LOUIS

May 15-16, May 18, May 22-23, May 25,

June 5-8

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

SAN DIEGO

May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14

May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

SAN FRANCISCO

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

SEATTLE

May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7

May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

TAMPA BAY

May 15, May 17-18, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-5, June 7-8

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

TENNESSEE

May 30-June 1, June 5-7, June 11-12, June 14-15

May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21

WASHINGTON

May 21, May 23-24, May 29-31, June 4-7

May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14


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