Circle The Dates: Cowboys Offseason Dates Fixed

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Cowboys officially kick off their offseason workout program on April 15. We look at what happens between that date and the start of training camp.

Pro Football Talk yesterday published parts of the Cowboys' 2013 offseason schedule. According to PFT, the Cowboys begin their offseason workout program on April 15 and end it with a mandatory minicamp from June 11-13. The players then get another month at home before training camp kicks off on July 19. This is what the Cowboys' offseason schedule will look like:

Key Offseason Dates for the Dallas Cowboys

  • April 15: Start of offseason workout program (teams with new head coaches can begin on April 1)
  • April 25-27: NFL Draft
  • Early May: Rookie Minicamp (Either May 3-5 or May 10-12)
  • May 21: Voluntary OTAs being (veterans and rookies). Three OTA sessiona scheduled: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 3-6
  • June 11-13: Mandatory Minicamp (veterans and rookies)
  • July 19: Training camp opens (Oxnard, CA)
  • August 4: Hall of Fame Game versus Miami Dolphins

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Here's a reminder from a previous post about what teams are allowed to do in the nine-week offseason workout program that is split into three separate phases:

Phase One: For the first two weeks, only strength and conditioning coaches are allowed to work with players on the field, and the activities are limited to "strength and conditioning" and "physical rehabilitation." All other coaches may not attend or observe in any way

The CBA prohibits the use of footballs during Phase One. The only exception allowed is for quarterbacks to throw to receivers, but defensive backs aren’t allowed to cover them, and coaches may not be present.

Phase Two: This is three weeks of individual and "perfect play" drills (no offense vs. defense), and all coaches are permitted on the field. The workouts may include individual player instructions and drills.

All of these drills are conducted without helmets. Contact work (e.g., "live" blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run), is expressly prohibited.

Phase Three: Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of "Organized Team Activities" over a period of four weeks. The fourth week is where teams usually conduct their three-day mandatory mini-camp.

All coaches are allowed on the field, but no live contact is permitted in phase three. Helmets may be worn, but no other pads. No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs.

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