What Are OTAs in NFL Football? Dates and Schedule for OTA Workouts

Larry Rupp
What are OTAs in football? NFL Training Camp OTAs explained.
What are OTAs in football? NFL Training Camp OTAs explained. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2022 NFL offseason is in full swing as all 32 franchises begin to ramp up towards a summer of workouts and eventually the start of the season in early September. The league and its collective bargaining agreement have defined three separate phases for the initial voluntary workouts, or OTAs.

What are NFL OTAs?

NFL OTAs, or organized team practice activities, are defined by the league as "in-person meetings and classroom instruction designed to help players improve during the offseason." These activities can only take place for 10 days during the course of phase three of the NFL's voluntary workout period.

What do NFL OTAs Include?

Phase one includes "activities limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only." Phase two features short on-field instructional activities - many rookie minicamps took place during this phase. Finally, phase three encompasses in-person meetings and trainings.

How Long do OTAs Last?

Every NFL team decides when to hold their OTAs, however, teams are limited to 10 days of these activities. It's not required to hold the 10 days of OTAs consecutively and teams often break into separate sections.

When are OTAs in NFL Football?

Each team schedules their own 10 days of OTAs throughout phase three of the voluntary workout calendar. These activities can start no earlier than May 16 and end no later than June 17.

Are NFL OTAs Voluntary?

Participation in NFL OTAs is strictly voluntary. The league also stipulates that no live contact is permitted. However, several types of drills are allowed including 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 activities.

The 2022 NFL offseason has seen a number of veteran players declining attendance at these voluntary OTAs.

What are OTAs in NFL Football?

The league will conclude the voluntary phase of its offseason programming by mid-June. Following the final phase three, which includes all OTAs, the teams will resume activities in July for official training camp activities. These training camps will be mandatory for all NFL players.

OTA dates for all 32 NFL teams

- Arizona Cardinals: May 23-25, June 1-3, June 6-9
- Atlanta Falcons: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9
- Baltimore Ravens: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-10
- Buffalo Bills: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 2, June 6-7, June 9-10
- Carolina Panthers: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9
- Chicago Bears: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, June 6-7, June 9
- Cincinnati Bengals: June 6-7, June 9, June 14-16
- Cleveland Browns: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 6-9
- Dallas Cowboys: May 24-25, June 1-2, June 6-7, June 9-10
- Denver Broncos: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9-10
- Detroit Lions: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 13-16
- Green Bay Packers: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 13-14, June 16
- Houston Texans: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9
- Indianapolis Colts: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 13-16
- Jacksonville Jaguars: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9
- Kansas City Chiefs: May 25-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-10
- Las Vegas Raiders: May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 13-14
- Los Angeles Chargers: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9
- Los Angeles Rams: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 2
- Miami Dolphins: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, June 6-7, June 9-10
- Minnesota Vikings: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3
- New England Patriots: May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 13-14, June 16-17
- New Orleans Saints: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-10
- New York Giants: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3
- New York Jets: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 7-10
- Philadelphia Eagles: May 31, June 2-3, June 6-8
- Pittsburgh Steelers: May 24-26, May 31-June 2
- San Francisco 49ers: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9
- Seattle Seahawks: May 23, May 25-26, May 31, June 2-3, June 13-15
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31-June 3
- Tennessee Titans: May 23-24, May 26, June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9
- Washington Football Team: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 6-8

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