We now have an idea of the Dallas Cowboys’ upcoming offseason schedule as the NFL has announced the teams’ dates. These could change, but for now, that’s what we know.
Off-season training OTA:
May 24-25, June 1-2, June 6-7, June 9-10
Sandwiched between all these activities is the NFL Draft which will take place from April 28 to 30.
Off-season activities are divided into three phases:
In accordance with Article 21 of the collective agreement, each club’s official and voluntary nine-week off-season program takes place in three phases:
The first phase includes the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase two includes the next three weeks of the program. On-field practices may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play drills”, and drills and games with offensive players lined up in front of offensive players and defensive players lined up in front of defensive players, trailing on a march through pace. No direct contact or team offense against team defense drills are allowed.
Phase three includes the next four weeks of the program. Teams can complete a total of 10 days of Organized Team Practice Activity, or “OTA”. No direct contact is allowed, but 7v7, 9v7 and 11v11 drills are allowed.
A mandatory Veterans Mini-Camp may take place during Phase Three of the program unless a team has a new head coach. The rookie mini-camp will be decided later, but usually takes place about a week after the draft.