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Offseason workouts begin Tuesday for New York Giants

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Voluntary part of offseason set to start

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The New York Giants get back to work on Tuesday as they begin offseason workouts at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It is important to remember that these workouts are voluntary.

GM Jerry Reese will speak with the media on Thursday to make his annual pre-draft remarks. There will also be access to a handful of players.

Here is the Giants’ offseason schedule:

April 18 — Offseason program begins

OTAs — May 22-June 9 (10 practices allowed)

Mandatory minicamp — June 13-15

Here are the rules governing each phase of the offseason program. These are taken directly from the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Phase One

The first two weeks of the offseason program.

Phase One activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. During Phase One, only full-time or part-time strength and condi-tioning coaches, who have no other coaching responsibilities with the Club, shall be allowed on the field; no other coaches shall be allowed on the field or to otherwise participate in or observe activities. No footballs shall be permitted to be used (only "dead ball" activities), except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided theyare not covered by any other player. Players cannot wear helmets during Phase One.

Phase Two

The next three weeks of the offseason program.

Article, during Phase Two all coaches shall be allowed on the field. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills, as well as "perfect play" drills (e.g., offense or defense only, but not offense vs. defense), or special teams drills on a "separates" basis (e.g .. , kicking team or return team only, but not kicking team vs. return team). No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. No offense vs. defense drills are permitted (e.g .. , no one-on-one offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defenseare permitted.) Players cannot wear helmets during Phase Two.

Phase Three

The final four weeks of the offseason program. Clubs may hold 10 on-field practices knows as “OTAs” during this phase.

During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field. No live contact is permitted. No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Team offense vs. team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted during Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program or any minicamp.