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What are Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski missing by not attending start of Patriots' offseason workout program?

Ryan Hannable
April 16, 2018 - 10:12 am

It's been reported Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will not be present for the first day of the Patriots' offseason workout program on Monday, and perhaps their absences could be for more than just a day.

The offseason program has three voluntary phases, plus mandatory minicamp.

Here's a look at what the program consists of, according to the NFLPA.

*Note, there's a maximum of four workout days per week with no weekends*

Phase One - four hours a day for two weeks

  • Limited to strength and conditioning activities ("dead ball") - only strength and conditioning coaches allowed on field
  • 90 minute max on the field
  • Clubs can only specify two hours for players to be at the facility
  • Players choose the other two hours for weights, etc. 

Phase Two - four hours a day for three weeks

  • Same rules as Phase One apply except: 
  • All coaches allowed on the field
  • Individual and “perfect play” drills allowed 
  • No offense vs. defense, no 1-on-1s, no helmets

Phase Three - six hours a day for four weeks total, three weeks for 10 OTAs (Patriots' OTAs are May 21-22, May 24, May 30-31, June 1, June 11-12, June 14, June 15​)

  • A maximum of three OTAs each week for the first two weeks
  • During Weeks 1 and 2 a 4th non-OTA workout is allowed, but phase two rules apply
  • A maximum of four OTAs for the third or fourth week
  • One week for minicamp
  • No pads except protective knee and elbow pads, helmets are permitted
  • No live contact
  • 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills will be permitted provided no live contact takes place

Minicamp - 10 hours a day (Patriots' minicamp set for June 5-7)

  • Physicals on Monday, but no practice 
  • Practices Tuesday-Thursday with a day off on Friday
  • Allowed two practices totaling 3.5 hours on the field per day
  • Second practice limited to walk through activities only

Bottom line, by missing the first few weeks players aren't missing all that much as there's no plays being put in, etc., but it is noteworthy as having these be so heavily attended over the years is a major reason why the team has been so successful.

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