Believe it or not, players can start coming back to Winter Park very soon.
NFL.com released its comprehensive list of offseason workout schedules for each NFL team today, since some teams can get back to work shortly.
Since the Vikings have hired a new coaching staff, they get a two week head start over other NFL teams. Players can report on Monday, April 7, but per the CBA activities will be limited to “strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation,” according to NFL.com.
After two weeks of “Phase One,” as the CBA calls it, the Vikings will hold a “voluntary” minicamp for players before the draft April 29-May 1.
“Voluntary” is in quotation marks because players will want to make a first impression with their new head coach on the field. Several players will be out to prove to Zimmer that they don’t need to address their position group in the draft.
These minicamps are for individual player drills and instruction, as well as team practice where offensive and defensive players are separated. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense is allowed.
After that, OTA’s will take place after the draft from May 28-30, June 3-5 and June 9-12. No live contact can take place at OTA’s, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-11 drills are allowed.
There will then be a voluntary minicamp for players June 17-19, before the team takes a break before training camp.
As weird as it may seem, the Vikings will be getting together again for the 2014 season as early as next week.