ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** The Broncos will make their first steps toward returning to the field in preparation for the 2016 season on April 18 when their offseason workout program begins. The schedule for the offseason workout program, a voluntary nine-week period consisting of limited activities, will stretch until June 16.
First day: April 18
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 13-16
Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9
There are three phases of the offseason program, each with varying levels of permitted activities.
The Broncos got back to work Monday, April 13, with the first phase of their offseason program.
Phase One** consists only of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation and lasts for two weeks.
Phase Two lasts three weeks and includes on-field workouts. In those workouts, teams may conduct individual player instruction and drills as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. There may not be any live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills.
Phase Three encompasses the final four weeks of the program and includes an allowed total of 10 days of organized team practice activities, or "OTAs." No live contact is permitted, but teams may conduct 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
During Phase Three, teams are also allowed to hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players.
Teams are also allowed to hold a rookie football development program for a span of seven weeks, which can begin on May 9, though it cannot be held on weekends, except for one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp. The rookie minicamp may be held the first weekend or the second weekend after the draft.