The 2023 NFL offseason rolls on, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule will take another step on Monday.
From May 22-24, head coach Andy Reid’s group will be launching Phase Three of its 2023 offseason program. This also comes in conjunction with the arrival of organized team activities (OTAs) that all 32 teams are permitted to conduct over the course of their respective Phase Three plans. Chiefs OTAs are officially here, which means the team is getting closer and closer to training camp in July.
During OTAs, Kansas City will not be allowed to subject its players to live contact. The team will, however, be able to conduct drills of various natures over the course of three separate OTA sessions. Below is a formal summary from the NFL on what each phase of the offseason means for clubs in 2023:
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play drills,” and drills and plays with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, conducted at a walk-through pace. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
After their initial OTA session is over, the Chiefs are scheduled to have two more sessions from May 30-June 1 and June 6-9 — thus completing the 10-day allotment for practices. Once that passes, the franchise’s 2023 mandatory minicamp is from June 13-15. Various players may potentially miss some or all of OTAs because they’re voluntary to attend, but Kansas City’s attendance record for mandatory minicamp should be relatively sparkling given that players are required to be present for it.