The Kansas City Chiefs next step in their offseason program is Organized Team Activities, which are better known as OTAs. We are in phase three of the offseason program which means the players and coaches can do even more together. Still, while working in just helmets and shorts, the amount of development for a player is limited.
The Chiefs OTAs start on Tuesday and run through Thursday. Next week there are three more, the week after that there are four more and the week after that is the mandatory veteran minicamp. May 14-16, May 21-23 and May 28-31 are OTA dates. June 4-6 is the mandatory veteran minicamp.
What is phase three of the offseason? Here's a run down on what the Chiefs can and can't do:
-All coaches are allowed on the field.
-No live contact is allowed
-No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (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 permitted, provided no live contact occurs.
-Team offense vs. team defense drills ... are permitted, provided no live contact occurs.
-Teams may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted
The other big development coming this week is the arrival of Branden Albert to the offseason program. KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reported this week that he expects Albert to arrive on Monday for workouts. Albert has signed his franchise tender which means he's under contract and can participate in the offseason program, which is still voluntary. Albert will be the left tackle when he shows up, according to Reid, and No. 1 pick Eric Fisher will remain on the right side.