The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2018 offseason workout program schedule was officially announced by the NFL on Monday. Here’s a list of the key dates to know.
First Day: Monday, April 16.
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-7.
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14.
All of these events are held on a voluntary basis, except for the mandatory minicamp (duh) in June. They are not open to the public but some dates will be open to the media. The 2018 Eagles training camp schedule, which begins in late July or early August, won’t be announced until later in the offseason.
Bleeding Green Nation will have full coverage of the Eagles’ spring practices that are open to the media. Stay tuned here for notes, observations, videos, etc. from practice.
The beginning of this offseason workout program marks the Eagles turning the page on their Super Bowl win as they prepare to defend their title in 2018. It’s very difficult to repeat as champions in the NFL so the Birds are going to need to work hard to make it happen.
Carson Wentz is not expected to participate in spring practices as he recovers from ACL and LCL tears that took place in December 2017. Nick Foles will likely take most of the first team quarterback reps with Nate Sudfeld potentially mixing in as well.
It’ll be interesting to see if any Eagles players decide to skip voluntary practices this offseason after winning the Super Bowl. Third-year head coach Doug Pederson essentially challenged his players not to be the guy who suddenly stops working hard just because the team had success last season.
There are three main phases of the offseason workout schedule. You can find a detailed explanation of the three phases below via the NFL CBA.
ARTICLE 21 Section 2
(i) Phase One. Phase One shall consist of the first two weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Section 5 of this Article, Phase One activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. During Phase One, only full time or part-time strength and conditioning coaches, who have no other coaching responsibilities with the Club, shall be allowed on the field; no other coaches shall be allowed on the field or to otherwise participate in or observe activities. No footballs shall be permitted to be used (only “dead ball” activities), except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player. Players cannot wear helmets during Phase One.
(ii) Phase Two. Phase Two shall consist of the next three weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Section 5 of this Article, during Phase Two all coaches shall be allowed on the field. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play” drills (e.g., offense or defense only, but not offense vs. defense), or special teams drills on a “separates” basis (e.g.., kicking team or return team only, but not kicking team vs. return team). No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. No offense vs. defense drills are permitted (e.g.., no one-on-one offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted.) Players cannot wear helmets during Phase Two.
(iii) Phase Three. Phase Three shall consist of the next four weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Subsec tions 5(a) and 5(c) of this Article and Appendix G to this Agreement, during Phase Three each Club may conduct a total of ten days of organized team practice activity (“OTAs” or “OTA days”). The restrictions set forth in Subsection 5(b) of this Article shall not apply to OTA days. The Club may conduct a maximum of three days of OTAs during each of the first two weeks of Phase Three. A maximum of four days of OTAs may be conducted during either the third week or the fourth week of Phase Three, with the Mandatory Veteran Minicamp (Article 22, Section 2) to be held during the other week. During weeks in which the Club conducts only three days of OTAs, the Club may also conduct a fourth day of non-OTA workouts, but such activities shall be subject to the rules governing Phase Two workouts, as set forth in Subsection 2(b)(ii) of this Ar ticle. During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field. No live contact is permitted. No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Team offense vs. team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted during Phase Three of the Club’s offseason workout program or any minicamp.