It always feels like an eternity between the end of the Super Bowl and the start of the regular season, but we're working toward the inevitable return of football.
Monday morning, members of the Oakland Raiders reported to the team's facility in Alameda, Calif., for the first day of Phase I voluntary Offseason Workout Program. As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club's official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs". No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Take a look at the arrival gallery below:
Take a look as the Raiders arrive at headquarters for their first day of offseason workouts.
Following the conclusion of the NFL Draft, the Raiders will host Rookie Minicamp May 2-5, then the team will transition into Organized Team Activities on May 21, and Mandatory Minicamp will begin June 11, and will conclude on June 13.
There's a lot that will take place between now and then, so stay tuned to Raiders.com for more news and updates.