Now that the Chiefs have wrapped up their Rookie Mini Camp, they will turn their attention to the Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) which begin on May 17th.
Per NFL rules, the Chiefs can only have 14 of these “practices” before training camp, one of which can be mandatory.The Chiefs schedule is as follows:
May 17-19, May 24-25, May 27, June 1-3, June 5-7 (Mandatory Mini Camp) June 7-9, June 14-15
Now most of the veterans are already in Kansas City going through the offseason conditioning program. By all accounts, the program is brutal but should have the players in incredible shape come training camp.
The rookies, however, are not allowed to participate in anymore workouts with the team until May 16, per NCAA rules.
“It’s a very important weekend for us and for them,” said head coach Todd Haley in a press conference on April 30th. It’s just really critical that they get a lot out of this and go back home, which they have to go back home, that’s by NCAA rule, no matter what; whether they’re in school, out of school, graduated, not graduated, they’ve got to go back home until May 16. Right now, they are 18 workouts behind the guys (veterans) that have been here since the end of March, and by the time they get back, they’ll be 27 workouts behind. It was pretty obvious today during practice that they’re well behind (in terms of the conditioning program).”
The rookies are going to be on their own for the next couple of weeks and I am willing to bet the Chiefs strength and conditioning coaches gave them a strict workout to follow wile they are away.
Are you getting excited, Addicts? The rookies have gotten their feet wet, the team is working out together and come May 17th, the real work begins. We are only 3 months away from the August preseason schedule and just a little over 4 months away from Monday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium!