The New England Patriots are back to work.
The defending Super Bowl champions join 22 other NFL teams that are opening their offseason programs on Monday to begin preparations for the 2017 NFL season.
As noted by Pro Football Talk, New England is currently beginning Phase One of their offseason program which consists of two weeks of strength and conditioning. No members of the coaching staff other than the trainers can be directly involved at this time in the physical aspect.
However, during this time Bill Belichick and other coaching staff personnel can spend up to two hours doing classroom work and film study with players.
Quarterbacks can use footballs to throw to receivers as long as they are not covered. Kickers and punters can also use footballs for their workouts.
During Phase One, players cannot be at the facility for more than four hours a day.
Phase Two is three full weeks which includes offensive and defensive plays but there cannot be an opposing offense or defense on the field as the same time. Helmets are also not allowed yet.
Phase Three is where OTA sessions take place. Live contact is not allowed, but teams can run 7-on-7’s and drills of that nature.
Outside of these three phases, there is also the mandatory minicamp which for New England will take place on June 6-8.
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