The Boys Are Back In Town – Vikings Launch Offseason Program

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2013 – 5:25 am

This is a big week for the crop of prospects hoping to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, with the 1st-round set to begin on Thursday evening and the draft scheduled to conclude by Saturday afternoon. But it’s also a big week for many current NFL players, including members of the Vikings.

The Vikings 9-week voluntary offseason program begins Monday and runs into June, which essentially means many Vikings players will be in and around Winter Park for the next 2 months preparing and training for training camp and ultimately the 2013 season.


Under provisions and rules set forth by the brand-new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Vikings offseason program will consist of three phases, with each phase governed by a different set of rules that will regulate the players’ interaction with coaches, contact during workouts and drills, and more.

Phase One (April 22-May 3): Limited to strength and conditioning, and physical rehab. No position coaches on field. No footballs, exception being quarterbacks may throw to uncovered receivers. No helmets permitted.
Phase Two (May 6-May 24): All coaches on field. “Perfect Play,” individual player instruction drills, special teams drills on a “separates” basis.  No live contact. No individual or team offense vs. defense. No helmets.
Phase Three (May 27-June 14): All coaches on field. Ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) during four-week period. One mandatory minicamp during week three or four. No live contact. No individual offense vs. defense. Kicking team vs. return team permitted. Team offense vs. team defense permitted. Helmets permitted.

OTA Dates
OTA #1-3: May 28-30
OTA #4-6: June 4-6
OTA #7-10: June 10-13

Minicamp Dates
Rookie Minicamp: May 3-5
Mandatory Minicamp: June 18-20

As if the NFL draft wasn’t enough this week, the abyss of the NFL offseason is pushed even further into the rear view mirror thanks to the launch of the offseason program. Let the fun begin!

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