The Kansas City Chiefs will start their first mandatory minicamp of the offseason today when all players under contract report to One Arrowhead Drive. The last 10 practices were Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and from Tuesday to Thursday the Chiefs will be running through a minicamp.
So what's the difference between minicamps and OTAs?
Not much. The rules are basically the same as what we've seen in the Chiefs workouts in the last month but they can stay on the field a little longer. The big things like no live contact (unless you're the Seahawks) remains the same from OTAs to minicamps.
As Romeo Crennel explained last week, the Chiefs will receive more on-field time with the players this week -- up to 3.5 hours per day, with an hour of that being a walk-through. They can have two-a-days on two of the three days. They can't start before 7:00 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) and can't end after 8:30 p.m. (Arrowhead Time). They have an hour for lunch and dinner. They can't have more than 10 hours of work each day.
All this stuff is written into the CBA. For your own reference, I copied and pasted the relevant portion of the CBA below.
Article 22, Section 22
No mandatory veteran camp may exceed three days in length, plus one day for physical examinations . The minicamp must be conducted during the week (Monday through Friday), with physicals taking place on Monday but no practice or workouts on that day, practices on Tuesday through Thursday and a day off on Friday.
The minicamp must be conducted during week three or week four of Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program. The Phase Three rules set forth in Article 21 , Section 2 (b)(iii) of this Agreement shall apply to all minicamp activities.
Two-a-day practices shall be permitted at two of the three practice days of the Club's one mandatory minicamp, subject to the following rules:
(i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day;
(ii) players may participate in one practice for no more than two and one-half hours of on-field activities under Phase Three rules;
(iii) the second practice may only be for the remaining portion of the players' daily three and one-half hour on-field activities and shall be limite d to walk-through instruction only;
(iv) no organized team activities (including treatment and taping) may begin prior to 7 :00 am local time or end after 8:30 pm local time, and players shall be given at least one hour for lunch and dinner each;
(v) players may only be asked to participate in Club activities for a maximum of ten hours per day including taping and treatment but excluding meal time. The on-field time limits described above shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach players on the field.
Here are the phase three rules referenced above:
During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field. No live contact is p ermitted. No one-on-one offense vs . defens e drills are p ermitted (i. e . , no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are p ermitted, provided no live contact occurs. Team offense vs . team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are p ermitted, provided no live contact occurs. Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted during Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program or any minicamp.