Minnesota Vikings offseason workout program dates announced

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
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The dates the Minnesota Vikings will have their offseason workouts, OTAs, and mandatory minicamp have been announced and they are approaching quickly.

There are a lot of steps NFL teams like the Minnesota Vikings need to take before they can hit the field for a new season. With the free agency frenzy already calming down and the 2019 NFL Draft approaching, there are still other dates to be thinking about.

Important dates like players arriving at the team facility, when drills will start for individual players, and when organized team activities can begin are important milestones in moving toward getting back on a football field against a real opponent.

The NFL has shared those dates and they are arriving quicker than a lot of fans may have expected. Here they are according to NFL Communications:

The first day players will be able to arrive for offseason workouts is Apr. 15. This is when players will arrive to hit the gym to work on strength and conditioning with other teammates as well as rehabilitate injuries they may be dealing with.

OTA offseason workouts will have three different sessions. During this time, players can work with team officials and run drills as long as there is no live contact or situations which put a team offense up against a team defense. Those workouts will be from May 21-23, May 28-30, and June 3-6. Following that, the team can set up ten days of organized team practice activity which puts offense against defense but still doesn’t allow full contact.

Finally, mandatory minicamp will is set for Jun. 11-13 when veteran players will join the new faces of the team for workouts and team drills.

Those dates were confirmed on Twitter by Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

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Even though fans are likely still looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft from Apr. 25-27, these dates are also a great sign that Minnesota Vikings football is on the way. Hopefully, time continues to fly and fans will be seeing the purple and gold on the field sooner than we all thought.