Tampa Bay Buccaneers offseason program: Bucs start on April 15 - training camp, OTAs dates


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official offseason program will start on Monday, April 15 and run through Thursday June 13. Here's the full breakdown of the offseason program:

First day: April 15

Phase One (conditioning only): April 15-April 26

Phase Two (position drills): April 29-May 17.

Phase Three (team drills): May 20-June 7

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 29-31, June 3-4, June 6-7

Mandatory Minicamp: June 18-20

Rookie minicamp: First or second weekend after the draft

Rookie offseason program: May 13 - June 28

With the exception of the mandatory minicamp, all the activities are 'voluntary'. By which I mean: anyone who doesn't show up will be frowned upon, even though they can't be punished in any way for showing up. But that's a little hard to monitor, of course.

The first two weeks of the offseason program may consist only of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation. There will be no position drills and no on-field activities. That phase should run through April 26.

The second phase of the offseason program lasts three weeks, and will start on April 29. This phase may contain on-field workouts, drills and team practice but no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills. This phase will end on May 17.

The third phase starts on May 20. This is when team offense vs. team defense drills (7 vs. 7, 9 vs. 9 and 11 vs. 11) are allowed. That phase will consist of a total of 10 days of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), as you can see above. Finally, a mandatory minicamp for veterans only (which means no rookies) will be held from June 18-20.

The rookies will start their own offseason program either the first or the second weekend after the draft with a rookie minicamp. Then a seven week development program will start on May 13.

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