Cowboys announce OTA, minicamp dates for 2023
The Cowboys’ offseason calendar is set, as the NFL released minicamp and OTA workout dates for all 32 teams on Friday.
Dallas players may begin voluntary participation on April 17, with activities for the two weeks following limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehab work.
Phase Two of the offseason program, as laid out by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, makes up the next three weeks. On-field workouts may include individual or group instruction and drills, but the drills may only be conducted at a walk-through pace, with no live contact or team offense-vs.-team defense work allowed.
Rookie minicamp will also be held during Phase Two, either May 5-8 or May 12-15, but the Cowboys’ exact dates are not yet known.
Organized team practices are scheduled for May 22-23, May 25, May 30, June 1-2, and June 13-15. Live contact is still not permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.
The Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp takes place June 6-8. As noted by Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the timing of that is unusual in that OTAs are rarely held after minicamp. This scheduling quirk suggests that the final mid-June OTA session may end up being just for the rookies.
That would leave just six total-team OTA practices for the Cowboys.
May 5-8 or May 12-15
The Lions, Raiders, Seahawks, Titans, and Commanders are also scheduled to hold at least one OTA after their minicamp dates. The Bengals and Eagles will hold just six total-team OTA practices and scrap their minicamps altogether.
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