The Oakland Raiders offseason program is about to kick into full gear so we wanted to make sure Raider Nation is aware of all the relevant dates. How else will you all know when to scour Twitter for tidbits of info from practice?
But, before we get to the dates of the offseason workouts, let’stake a look at what is allowed to happen at these optional practices. The optional portion of the offseason schedule is broken down into 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.
So, let’s get to the actual practice dates!
Organized Team Activities
May 22, 23, 25, 30 and 31
June 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9
Training camp dates for the Raiders have not been announced yet but based on the NFL guidelines, we can take a look at when it might be. The rule regarding the timing of training camp is as follows:
Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or “injured players” (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.
The first preseason game for the Raiders is on August 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. That means the first day that veterans can begin reporting to training camp is on July 29. Rookies, of course, are permitted to report earlier:
Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.
That means, the rookies can begin reporting on July 22, one week before the veterans can begin reporting.
And there is another reporting date for veteran quarterbacks or injured players:
Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club’s preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players.