Bills begin OTAs, final step before training camp

May 15, 2017 - 10:40 pm

The final step before training camp begins for the Bills Tuesday.

That’s when the team will begin Phase Three of their offseason program, commonly known as Organized Team Activities, or “OTAs.” Each team is allowed ten OTA sessions before they break for a little over a month and then report to training camp.

The Bills will hold their ten sessions over the next four weeks before wrapping up with a three-day mandatory minicamp June 13-15.  OTAs are voluntary.  Players cannot be fined or suspended by the team or league for failing to show up.

The first three OTAs will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.  Thursday is the only day the media will be allowed to watch practice.  Afterward, Bills assistant coaches will be made available to the media for the first time this offseason.

So what’s allowed and not allowed during these OTAs?  The league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement states that during Phase Three, teams may hold 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 offense vs. defense, but with no live contact.  Individual player instruction and drills are allowed, but no 1-on-1 (for example, no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills; no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills).

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