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Chiefs return to work on Monday with plenty of offseason questions

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The Kansas City Chiefs are back at it this week with the start of their offseason program. The players will begin offseason work with the Chiefs now which will last through the middle of June. There's a break in there for the end of June and most of July before training camp picks up in late July / early August.

There are three phases to the offseason program. The first phase is strength and conditioning. This is not your typical practice where they're on the field throwing passes; it's just strength and conditioning for the first two weeks. The Chiefs then move to the field for phase two and three but they're limited in what they can do. For example, there is no contact until training camp so it's not a real practice.

The players will be speaking to the media this afternoon. Andy Reid will not as he recovers from knee surgery. We will have a few questions for the group. Is Eric Berry going to be there? Is Dee Ford ready to step up if Justin Houston won't be around for part of the year? Who is the Chiefs third cornerback in the nickel? We won't get all those answered today but it's a start.

Offseason program schedule:

First day: April 18

OTAs: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 7-10

Mandatory minicamp: June 14-16

The three phases of the offseason:

  • Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
  • Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
  • Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or "OTAs". No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.