The Baltimore Ravens recently finalized their offseason schedule, according to an article by Ryan Mink of Baltimoreravens.com. The team will be busy with this training session from mid-April until mid-June. Schedules are starting to come out. The NFL draft will be soon. This is the time of year to start recognizing that football season is back!
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The offseason program starts on April 18. Players will be reporting to the Under Armour center to begin working out with the training staff and studying with coaches. This is the beginning for many rookies to get adjusted and returning veterans to get readjusted to the scheme of their team.
On May 1, the team will be attending “football school.” This calls for more classroom instruction as well as on-field work-out. This sounds like something all NFL teams should have, if they already don’t. Football is more than hitting a player and catching a ball. The game needs to be played with talent, both physically and mentally. This training session is spread out over five weeks.
May 5 starts the rookie minicamp after they pass their physical exam on the previous day. All newly drafted rookies from the 2017 draft and undrafted rookies will attend this three-day event.
May 22 starts the organized team activities, or OTA’s, are when the players practice on the field without the pads. This 10-day voluntary event is more on-field preparation. Offense and defense will line up against each other in various drills. Even some defensive backs will be able to practice with receivers.
June 13 starts the three-day mandatory minicamp. This event brings out the veterans who did not participate in the OTA’s. This is where the fun begins! The players are allowed light contact with pads.
After the minicamp, the team gets a much-needed break before training camp. You can’t help but keep your fingers crossed during training camp. This is where many players are injured. The most recognized case is tight end Dennis Pitta, who injured his hip in training camp in 2013. Maybe the players are trying too hard to impress the coaches that they over do it. Hopefully, this season the injuries will be at a minimal.