It starts April 21 for the New York Jets -- the offseason program, that is.
The NFL released the offseason dates for every team Thursday, from the first strength-and-conditioning session to the final minicamp. Based on the collective bargaining agreement, the offseason is divided into three phases. The first phase (two weeks) focuses on strength and conditioning -- no football activities. The second phase (three weeks) allows for limited on-the-field workouts. The third phase (four weeks) is organized team activities -- OTAs -- the closest thing to real football in the offseason. There's no contact, but it includes the routine drills, including offense versus defense.
The Jets' OTA dates: May 27, 29, 30; June 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19.