Some NFL teams - those with new head coaches - have already returned to begin their offseason work. Others, like the Indianapolis Colts, have yet to begin their offseason program, but that will change soon. In one week, to be exact.
One week from today, the Colts will return to the team's West 56th Street complex to begin working toward their goal of the Super Bowl, as it begins here with work in the weight room. It will be an eight-week offseason program that begins on April 20 and ends with a three-day minicamp from June 9-11.
The program is divided into three parts, as mandated by the CBA. The first part, which will begin next week, is limited to weight room work and conditioning, as well as injury rehab. The second part includes individual on-field position drills, while the third part includes ten organized team activities (OTAs) where team drills can be performed (such as 7-on-7, 11-on-11, etc.).
A few other notable dates for the Colts this offseason include their rookie minicamp, which will be held the weekend after the draft (May 8-10) and their veteran minicamp, which will be held from June 9-11 and feature an open practice for fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. After that, the team will go their separate ways until training camp starts (likely sometime in late July, though the dates have yet to be announced).
The offseason can become a pretty slow period, and while we've got the draft to look forward to in just a couple of weeks, the Colts will also be returning to work one week from today to begin their offseason program with strength and conditioning work.