Tuesday, May 22 marks the beginning of the Eagles' organized team activities (OTAs). These workouts are less restrictive than the ones that make up Phase One and Phase Two of the team's offseason regiment.
As always, Bleeding Green Nation will have full coverage of Eagles OTAs. I'll be covering practices, along with BGN Radio’s John Barchard, live from the NovaCare Complex in South Philly. The first day of OTA practice open to the media is tomorrow, May 22. This is the first full practice we'll get to see this year. We’ll also get to hear from Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson prior to practice.
The other practices open in their entirety to the media this spring take place on the following dates: May 29, June 4, and June 7. The Eagles’ mandatory minicamp practice dates are also open: June 12-14.
Be on the lookout for my practice notes and our BGN Radio podcast coverage after practice each day. Make sure you're following me on Twitter for live updates (@BrandonGowton). Also make sure you like on the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page (click here) in order for live videos of practices, press conferences, player interviews, and more.
Here's a look at the remaining Eagles offseason workout schedule. It's worth noting all of these events are voluntary save for the mandatory minicamp taking place from June 12-14. It remains to be seen which players (if any) won’t be attending voluntary workouts this year. It also remains to be seen how the Eagles will handle their White House visit scheduled for June 5.
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-7.
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14.
Eagles training camp, which is also mandatory, doesn't begin until late July or early August. An exact start date has yet to be announced.
See below for a full explanation of the limits of Phase Three workouts per Article 21 Section 2 of the CBA. The key thing is the Eagles aren’t allowed to practice in pads so things are supposed to be non-contact.
(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 Article. 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.