I've been out on vacation for the last week and a half so I am a little out of it when it comes to what's going on with the Kansas City Chiefs, which ended their three-day rookie minicamp on Monday. That was the first minicamp with all the draft picks and undrafted free agents who have been signed, along with other first year and tryout players that participated.
The conclusion of the rookie minicamp puts the Chiefs in phase three of the offseason program. Phase one was mostly conditioning stuff which came before the draft. That was the veterans already on the team. Phase two ramped it up a little more with some on-field work and ended on a high note with the rookies participating.
"So, in Phase Three, they can have their helmet on, which is the same action we saw here in just one practice today, though," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Monday, via quotes distributed by the Chiefs. "Just the one practice instead of the walk-through and then the practice. They have their helmets on and they can go offense vs. defense. I gave the veterans time off today and this past weekend, so they'll all be showing up tomorrow and ready to go."
Phase 3 of our offseason program begins today...the journey continues!! #ChiefKingdom— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) May 27, 2014
Phase three isn't all that different from phase two. Full pads are still not allowed and neither is live contact but they're allowed to do team offense vs. defense drills, which means this will look more like a regular practice than others ... but there's still no hitting. Or there's supposed to be no hitting.
The Chiefs will have three days of OTAs in each of the next three weeks and cap it off with a mandatory minicamp in the fourth week.
Here are the nuts and bolts of what's allowed in phase three. Go to page 132 of the CBA to read more.
- Phase Three shall consist of the next four weeks of the Club's offseason workout program.
- Subject to the additional rules set forth in Subsections 5(a) and 5(c) of this Article and Appendix G to this Agreement, during Phase Three each Club may conduct a total of ten days of organized team practice activity ("OTAs" or "OTA days").The restrictions set forth in Subsection 5(b) of this Article shall not apply to OTA days.
- The Club may conduct a maximum of three days of OTAs during each of the first two weeks of Phase Three.
- A maximum of four days of OTAs may be conducted during either the third week or the fourth week of Phase Three, with the Mandatory Veteran Minicamp (Article 22, Section 2) to be held during the other week.
- During weeks in which the Club conducts only three days of OTAs, the Club may also conduct a fourth day of non-OTA workouts, but such activities shall be subject to the rules governing Phase Two workouts, as set forth in Subsection 2(b)(ii) of this Article.
- During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field.
- No live contact is permitted.
- 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, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are permitted, 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.
Full Chiefs offseason schedule
Offseason workouts begin: April 21
Rookie minicamp: May 24-26
OTAs: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13
Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19