Bills begin OTAs, the final offseason phase before training camp

The team will hold 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks

Sal Capaccio
May 19, 2019 - 9:02 pm

Phase Three is finally here.

The final phase of the offseason program, known as OTAs (Organized Team Activities), and last step before training camp, begins Monday for the Buffalo Bills.  

During Phase Three, each NFL team is allowed 10 OTA sessions before holding a three-day mandatory minicamp. For the Bills, those 10 sessions will be held over the next three weeks, with their mandatory minicamp taking place June 11-13. After that, players and coaches will break for a little over a month before reporting to training camp.  

These 10 OTAs are still voluntary. Players cannot be fined or suspended by the team or league for failing to show up.  

The first three sessions will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week. However, Tuesday is the only day the media will be allowed to watch and report on what’s happening. Afterward, Bills head coach Sean McDermott, quarterback Josh Allen, and other players will be made available to the media. 

After this week, the remaining seven OTA sessions will take place on May 28, 29, and 31, as well as June 3, 4, 6, and 7.

So what’s allowed and not allowed during these OTAs? The league’s collective bargaining agreement states that during Phase Three, teams may hold 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 offense versus defense, but with no live contact. Individual player instruction and drills are allowed, but no 1-on-1 (for example, no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills; no wide receivers versus defensive backs bump-and-run drills). As opposed to Phases One and Two, players are allowed to wear helmets during Phase Three.

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