The boys are back in town. Monday marks the beginning of the Vikings nine-week offseason program, which means Vikings players will be around Winter Park for the next two months gearing up for 2012 training camp and, ultimately, the 2012 regular 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. Here is a breakdown of each phase:
Phase One: 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: 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: All coaches on field. Ten 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.
Phase One of the Vikings offseason program (two weeks) will begin Monday and conclude on Friday, May 4, when a rookie minicamp will commence. Phase Two (three weeks) will begin on Monday, May 7 and conclude on Friday, May 25, with rookies schedule to report on May 14. Phase Three (four weeks) will span from Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 22. In that span of time, the Vikings will hold ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and then Phase Three will also contain a mandatory veteran minicamp.