Understanding the Offseason Program

The Raiders officially kicked off their 2015 offseason schedule Tuesday, beginning Phase I of the NFL Offseason Workout Program at their Alameda, Calif., facility.

As a result of the Silver and Black hiring Head Coach Jack Del Rio following the conclusion of the 2014 season, the Raiders begin the first phase of their offseason program two weeks before teams that have retained their head coach.

The offensive players returned to the Raiders facility Tuesday to begin Phase 1 of the Offseason Workout Program.

The first phase of the offseason program, per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

After the conclusion of Phase I, the next three weeks are spent executing Phase II,  where on-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis.

However, no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted during this phase of the offseason program.

Over the next four weeks the offseason then enters its final phase, Phase III, where 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.

The defensive players returned to the Raiders facility Tuesday to begin Phase 1 of the Offseason Workout Program.

In addition to these dates, the Raiders are also eligible to host a voluntary minicamp because they are one of the teams that hired a new coach prior to the 2015 campaign.

Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players must be conducted prior to the NFL Draft (April 30 – May 2), but no earlier than week three of the club's offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21.

The Silver and Black will hold this Voluntary Mini-camp from April 21-23.

The Raiders begin their OTA Offseason Workouts May 19, continuing through May 21.

They then return to work from May 26-28 and conclude their offseason workouts June 1-4.

Mandatory Minicamp will be held June 9-11, and will mark the last time the team gathers in an organized setting prior to the start of training camp in Napa.

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