Daily Dawg Tags: Browns set offseason training program dates
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns are busy preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft, but there is also other work to be done as the offseason program starts next week.
The Cleveland Browns have a considerable amount of work to do as they look to wipe away the stench of the 0-16 campaign in 2017.
The team will begin the process on April 16, according to NFL.com, when players report to team headquarters in Berea for Phase One of the offseason program, which is limited to two weeks of strength and conditioning work with Director of High Performance Adam Beard and his staff, along with physical rehab.
Phase Two, which lasts for three weeks, follows as the coaching staff can run the players through on-field workouts that included individual player instruction and drills, which should come in handy as offensive coordinator Todd Haley works to incorporate his offensive philosophy with whatever it is that head coach Hue Jackson wants to run.
While the coaches can work with the players, live contact is forbidden and none of the drills can pit the offense against the defense.
Finally, the Browns will hold Organized Team Activities, commonly referred to as OTAs, from May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 4-7. While the team can practice, once again they are not permitted to engage in live contact.
The Browns will then hold a mandatory minicamp from June 12-14, which will represent the final time that everyone is together before the start of training camp.
The team will also hold a three-day minicamp for their rookies, including ones selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, signed as undrafted free agents or invited for a tryout, either from May 4 through May 7 or May 11 through May 14. That should be a fun time as the coaches will get a chance to test out whichever quarterback they select with the No. 1 overall pick in a couple of weeks.
While it is only the opening stages of the offseason, the fact that the Browns will be back doing actual football things next week means that the regular season is that much closer.
Which makes for a very good day, indeed.
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