Beginning Monday, April 16th the Minnesota Vikings commence phase one of their offseason workout program. The team will host spring drills at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan for the first time. The dates of the entire offseason program were released last week.
- Offseason Workouts — April 16
- Organized Team Activities (OTAs) — May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 4-7
- Mandatory Minicamp — June 12-14
Phase one is two weeks long. According to the NFL Guidelines via CBS Sports, players are able to workout as a team as they begin the strength and conditioning program. Physical rehabilitation is allowed as well.
Phase two is three weeks long. Players are able to take place in on-field workouts and individual drills. Practices cannot include live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills.
Phase three, the final phase of the offseason program, is four weeks long. Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reported the Vikings begin phase three on May 22, when the team holds the first of 10 organized team activities. During OTAs, teams can conduct 11-on-11, 9-on-7 and 7-on-7 sessions, provided there is no live contact.
The offseason program culminates with the only mandatory portion of the team’s offseason program, the minicamp from June 12-14. While all players are required to attend the camp, most players have bonuses in their contracts that provide enough incentive to be in Minnesota for duration of the 10-week program.
The NFL Draft is now 13 days away. Here’s a look at the team’s offseason schedule leading all the way up to the season opener.
- Running back Dalvin Cook (knee) will be a partial participant in OTAs, per Mike Zimmer
- Offensive linemen Nick Easton and Pat Elflein are each coming off a fractured ankle but both should be able to participate in some workouts
- Tight end Blake Bell (shoulder) will likely be a limited participant in spring drills
- There have been no recent developments in the Vikings re-signing cornerback Terence Newman
- June’s minicamp will be the first in Minnesota for free agent signings Kirk Cousins, Sheldon Richardson, and Kendall Wright