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Giants players join others rejecting in-person voluntary workouts

Offseason programs slated to begin on April 19

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New York Giants players have joined those from several other NFL teams in saying they will not participate in the in-person voluntary offseason workout program.

Players from the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have all issued statement through the NFL Players Association rejecting attending in-person workouts.

How this impacts workout bonuses is yet to be determined.

The NFL announced a modified offseason program on Wednesday. Here is a breakdown:

Phase 1

  • Changed from 2 weeks to 4 weeks (runs April 19 to May 14)
  • All meetings will be virtual
  • No on-field work allowed
  • Teams to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for all players, staff, and families

Phase 2

  • Changed from 3 weeks to 1 week (runs May 17 to May 21)
  • All meetings will be virtual
  • On-field drills are allowed with no contact and at a walkthrough speed; however, offense and defense cannot line up opposite each other.
  • Starting with Phase 2, the league will resume the same COVID-19 safety policies that were implemented in team facilities during the 2020 regular season.

Phase 3

  • No changes to length of time or dates (remains May 24 to June 18)
  • Teams may hold in-person or virtual meetings
  • OTAs and mandatory minicamp will be allowed as usual