The process of identifying the top 53 players on the roster ramps up tomorrow for the 2014 New York Giants.
The three-day stretch will set the stage for next month's training camp. But how is mandatory minicamp different than OTAs? It's a common question, and while there isn't a huge difference, there is some.
First, let's look at what minicamp is under Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement:
- Clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.
- No mandatory veteran minicamp may exceed three days in length, plus one day for physical examinations.
- The minicamp must be conducted during the week (Monday-Friday), with physicals taking place on Monday but no practice or workouts on that day, practices on Tuesday through Thursday and a day off on Friday.
- Players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day
- Players may participate in one practice for no more than two and one-half hours of on-field activities under Phase Three rules.
- Like OTAs, there is no live contact during minicamp, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
- Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted during Phase Three of the club's offseason workout program or any minicamp.
Now how is minicamp different from OTAs?
- Mandatory minicamp is exactly that -- "mandatory." OTAs are voluntary workouts.
- Two-a-day practices shall be permitted at two of the three practice days of the Club's one mandatory minicamp, subject to the following rules:
- (i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day;
- (ii) players may participate in one practice for no more than two and one-half hours of on-field activities under Phase Three rules;
- (iii) the second practice may only be for the remaining portion of the players' daily three and one-half hour on-field activities and shall be limited to walk-through instruction only.
All Giants minicamp practices will be open to the media. Not all OTAs were.