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Giants begin offseason program on Monday: Rules, schedule, what you need to know

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Giants get together for first time in 2019

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The New York Giants began their second offseason program with Pat Shurmur as head coach on Monday. Workouts are voluntary.

Media does not have access during this portion of the offseason, though coach Pat Shurmur and select players will be available via conference call on Monday afternoon.

General manager Dave Gettleman will hold his pre-draft press conference on Thursday.

The Giants will hold their rookie mini-camp May 3 and 4.

OTAs will begin on May 20.

Mandatory mini-camp will be held June 4-6.

From the NFLPA, here are the rules for each phase of the offseason program:

Phase 1 | 4 hours a day

  • Two weeks | Limited to strength and conditioning activities (“dead ball”); only strength and conditioning coaches allowed on field*
  • 90 minute max on the field
  • Clubs can only specify 2 hours for players to be at the facility
  • Players choose the other 2 hours for weights, etc.

Phase 2 | 4 hours a day

  • Three weeks | same rules as phase one apply except:
  • All coaches allowed on the field
  • Individual and “perfect play” drills allowed
  • No offense vs. defense, no one - on - one, no helmets

Phase 3 | 6 hours a day

  • 4 weeks total
  • 3 weeks for 10 total OTA’s
  • A maximum of 3 OTA’s each week for the first 2 weeks
  • During Weeks 1 & 2 a 4th non OTA workout is allowed but phase two rules apply
  • A maximum of 4 OTA’s for the 3rd or 4th week
  • One week for mini camp
  • No pads except protective knee and elbow pads, helmets are permitted
  • No live contact
  • 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills will be permitted provided no live contact takes place

Minicamp | 10 hours a day

  • Physicals on Monday but no practice
  • Practices Tuesday-Thursday, with a day off on Friday
  • Allowed two practices totaling 3 ½ hours on the field per day
  • Second practice limited to walk through activities only

* Dead Ball Explanation:

-QBs can throw to receivers with no coverage
-Kickers and Punters can kick, but players cannot field the ball and no snappers or holders can be involved
-Long snappers can snap into a net
-Defensive players may not catch balls at all regardless of who is throwing them.