Now that the calendar has turned to April, offseason programs will begin across the NFL. Some teams with new head coaches will begin their programs as soon as this week. The Rams, however, will begin their offseason program on April 16.
The offseason program is comprised of three voluntary phases and one mandatory minicamp. The first phase includes classroom work with coaches and strength and conditioning work on the field. Coaches are not allowed on the field with players for this phase.
In Phase Two, coaches are allowed on the field for drills and instruction, but offense and defense must practice separately. That means there cannot be team drills or any live contact.
Teams are allowed a total of 10 organized team activities — more commonly known as OTAs — in Phase Three. These practices may have 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills, but cannot have any live contact.
And at the end of phase three, returning coaches are allowed one mandatory minicamp.
NFL teams may also hold a rookie development program, which includes one minicamp. Los Angeles' rookie minicamp date will be announced later.
Below are the dates for the Rams' 2018 offseason program, which are subject to change:
First day: April 16
OTAs: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory minicamp: June 12-14