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Offseason program begins Monday for New York Giants

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The New York Giants, at least the ones who “volunteer” to show up, meet for the first time as a team on Monday morning when the Giants begin their offseason program.

This will be the first time new head coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff can actually get in front of players and talk about football. Sunday, we learned that Odell Beckham Jr. will be in attendance.

Don’t expect any earth-shattering news from the workouts over the next few days, including reports about how the team may judge second-year quarterback Davis Webb or any other player. As explained below, the first two weeks of the offseason program are purely conditioning. There will be no on-field work, no football. Only work in the weight room.

The Giants’ first on-field work will come during a voluntary mini-camp April 24-26. The full offseason schedule is below.

First Day: April 9
Voluntary Mini-camp: April 24-26
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Mini-camp: June 12-14

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

  • Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
  • Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs.” No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Media does not have access at the Giants’ facility on Monday. Shurmur and a few players should be available via conference call, so look for posts about those.