The Jags will start their offseason program on April 11 and here is everything fans need to know about the process.
Doug Pederson has been a busy man since being named the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach on Feb. 3, but later this month, he will finally be able to take the field with his new team. The NFL announced the key offseason dates for all 32 of its teams on Friday, and the Jags’ first day will be in 9 days (April 11).
The Jags’ voluntary minicamp will take place 15 days later on April 26 and will last until April 28. After that, the team will get a break until May 23, which is when organized team activity workouts start. They will have another session the following day, then on May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, and June 6-9.
The last phase of the workout process will conclude mandatory minicamp on June 13-15.
As always, the offseason workout program will be broken down into three phases. Phase 1 will take place during the first two weeks of the program. According to the memo sent by the NFL, teams will be limited to “meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only” during this phase.
Phase 2 will take place for the next three weeks of the program. During this phase, on-field workouts can include drills where offensive players line up across from offensive players while the defense can do the same with other defensive players at a conducted walkthrough pace. The memo also notes that “individual or group instruction and drills, as well as ‘perfect play drills'” are allowed, too.
Lastly, in Phase 3, which will involve the next four weeks of the program, teams can conduct 10 days of organized team practice activity. While live contact still won’t be permitted, 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills will be.
Teams with new head coaches like the Jags can have an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. According to the NFL’s memo, additional voluntary veteran minicamps must be held before the NFL Draft (April 28-30), “but no earlier than Week 3 of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21.”
Each NFL organization can hold a rookie minicamp after the draft, too. They can begin on May 16, but the Jags will confirm their dates later if they elect to have one.