The NFL has announced the offseason workout program dates for the 32 clubs around the league and the Atlanta Falcons schedule for 2016 is listed below:
First Day: April 18
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-9
Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16
The voluntary offseason workout programs are aimed at providing training, teaching and physical conditioning for players, and according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the voluntary nine-week program will be conducted in 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.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement also gives clubs the right to hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players, but this minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2016 may begin on May 9. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.