Breaking down the 3 phases of the Texans offseason program

Mark Lane
·2 min read

The NFL voluntary offseason program kicks off Monday, and the Houston Texans do expect some participation despite a report that the players have decided to skip them.

According to NFL Operations, here is a breakdown of the nine-week offseason program, which is entirely voluntary except for one mandatory minicamp in June.

“There’s only so much that we control, so, we’ll take advantage of whatever opportunities that we have, whether that’s virtual meetings, and then if we do have the opportunity to work with them on the practice field at some point, then we’ll embrace that opportunity when it presents itself,” general manager Nick Caserio told Houston reporters on a Zoom call April 16. “So we can only control what we can control.”

Here is a breakdown of each phase of the offseason program.

Phase 1

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The first phase of the offseason program lasts four weeks from April 19 to May 14. The phase includes virtual meetings and will last two hours per day. There will be no on-field work with coaches. However, the facility and weight room will be open, but have capacity limits still in place. During this phase, teams will attempt to have the vaccine ready for players, staff, and families.

Phase 2

(AP Photo/Bill Baptist)

The second phase of the offseason program is just one week from May 17 to May 21. The phase includes on-field work with coaches that has no contact and is at a teaching pace. The phase also provides for virtual meetings.

Phase 3

Texans-Zach-Cunningham-linebacker-Romeo-Crennel
Texans-Zach-Cunningham-linebacker-Romeo-Crennel

(AP Photo/Bill Baptist)

The third phase of the program, which goes from May 24 to June 18, is where it starts to transition from voluntary to mandatory. This is where teams will get their 10 days worth of traditional organized team activities, which will run at full speed but no contact. The meetings will be in-person or virtual. The final phase will conclude with a mandatory minicamp.

1

1