Expect handshakes and intros aplenty Tuesday morning at the Raiders facility when the offseason training program formally begins.
It will mark the first time several new faces will meet under the same flag following an active free agency period. The team imported 13 veterans, including quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive end Justin Tuck. Several players who signed reserve-futures deals will also integrate during this time.
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These workouts are voluntary, though most players have workout bonuses written into their contracts and are expected to attend.
These early workouts start a nine-week offseason program broken down into three phases.
The first phase lasts two weeks and is limited to strength and conditioning drills. The second phase is three weeks long and permits limited on-field instruction. The third and most active phases lasts four weeks and features Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and a mandatory minicamp.
Here’s a list of important dates in the offseason program:
Start date: April 22
Organized Team Activities: May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12
Rookie minicamp: May 16-18
Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19
The Raiders start training camp in late July and open the preseason Aug. 8 at the Minnesota Vikings.