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Updated: April 7th, 2014 8:01am
Vikings are one of seven NFL teams to begin offseason workouts Monday

Vikings are one of seven NFL teams to begin offseason workouts Monday

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Five months before opening kickoff, the Minnesota Vikings and six other teams will get a jump start Monday on the rest of the NFL.

The Vikings, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns each have a new head coach and can start 'phase one' of their offseason workout programs two weeks ahead of the other 25 teams in the league. All other squads will open up shop on either April 21 or 22.

Offseason workout programs are separated into three phases by the NFL. 'Phase one' consists of strength, conditioning and rehab only, but Vikings players will also get a head start on 'phase two,' in which on-field workouts and position drills are permitted. That will begin on April 29 with the Vikings' 'pre-draft' minicamp - another advantage solely for teams with a new head coach.

Rookie minicamps allow teams to host drafted rookies, undrafted rookies and players who weren't on a roster long enough last season to gain one year of vested experience. The Vikings' camp will open one week after the draft from May 16-18.

The Vikings open organized team activities, or OTAs, on May 28. No live contact is permitted, but teams can conduct non-padded 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

The current offseason schedule:

April 7 - Strength, conditioning and rehab programs begin

April 29-May 1 - Voluntary pre-draft minicamp

May 8-10 - NFL Draft

May 16-18 - Rookie minicamp

May 19-21 - NFL spring league meeting (Atlanta)

May 28-30 - Voluntary OTAs for rookies and veterans

June 3-5 - Second week of OTAs

June 9-12 - Third week of OTAs

June 17-19 - Mandatory minicamp

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
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