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