Offseason workout guidelines

The Patriots open their offseason workout program, and there are several guidelines and restrictions related to these workouts, highlighted below:


• Workouts are strictly voluntary

• A maximum of four workouts per week (no weekends)

• One week is the mandatory minicamp (no weekends)

• Contact work is prohibited in all workouts

• Intensity and tempo of drills should be at level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority

Phase one (four hours a day)

• Two weeks. Limited to strength and conditioning activities with only the strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field

• 90-minute maximum on the field

• Clubs can only specify two hours for the players to be at the facility

• Players choose the other two hours for weights, etc.

Phase two (four hours a day)

• Three weeks with the same rules with a few exceptions:

• All coaches allowed on field

• Individual and “perfect play” drills allowed

• No offense vs. defense, no 1-on-1’s, no helmets

Phase three (six hours a day)

• Four weeks total

• Three weeks for 10 total OTA’s

• A maximum of three OTA’s each week for the first two weeks

• During Weeks one and two a fourth OTA is allowed but phase two rules apply

• A maximum of four OTA’s for the third or fourth week

• One week for mini camp

• No pads except protective knee and elbow pads

• Helmets are permitted

• No live contract drills between OL and DL or WR and DB

• 7 on 7, 9 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills will be permitted

Minicamp (10 hours a day)

• Physicals on Monday but no practice

• Practices Tuesday-Thursday with a day off on Friday

• Allowed two practices totaling three and a half hours on the field per day

• Second practice limited to walk through activities only