On Tuesday, the NFL announced the key offseason dates for all 32 teams. Here when the Falcons will be working out in preparation for the 2017 campaign (all dates are tentative and subject to change):
- April 17: Team reports for offseason workouts
- Organized team activities (OTAs): May 30, June 1-2, June 5-6, June 8-9
- Mandatory minicamp: June 13-15
Atlanta's nine-week offseason program, as per the collective bargaining agreement, will be conducted in three phases. The league explains below:
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.
Additionally, the Falcons can hold a seven-week rookie football development program beginning on May 15, and can hold a mandatory minicamp for veteran players during Phase Three of the offseason program.