Rookie minicamp dates announced

The final piece of the Steelers offseason schedule has been determined, with the team's rookie minicamp set for May 12-14 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Steelers' rookies take the field for rookie minicamp.

The NFL, under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, has divided the offseason into three phases, with it all kicking off for the Steelers on April 18.

The dates for Organized Team Activities (OTAs) were previously announced, as were dates for the team's minicamp, the only portion of the offseason workouts that is mandatory. The veteran minicamp will be held on June 13-15.

Here is a breakdown of the offseason workouts.

Phase OnePlayers will return to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex beginning on April 18 for Phase One. This phase, which is a two-week period, is limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only and is voluntary.

Phase Two
The next phase of the program starts on May 1 and runs for a three week period. During this time, according to the NFL, "on-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a 'separates' basis." During this time there is no live contact or team drills, with offense vs. defense, going against each other. This phase is voluntary. The Steelers rookie minicamp will be held during this period.

Phase Three
Phase Three is OTAs phase. During this time, which officially begins on May 22 and runs for four weeks, the Steelers can hold the 10 OTAs they are permitted to have. There is no live contact during OTAs, but the team can take part in 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills. The OTAs are all voluntary. Also during this phase will be the three-day minicamp, running from June 13-15.

The following is the full OTA and minicamp schedule:

Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 14 – Rookie Minicamp
Tuesday, May 23 – OTA #1
Wednesday, May 24 – OTA #2
Thursday, May 25 – OTA #3
Tuesday, May 30 – OTA #4
Wednesday, May 31 – OTA #5
Thursday, June 1 – OTA #6
Monday, June 5 – OTA #7
Tuesday, June 6 – OTA #8
Wednesday, June 7 – OTA #9
Thursday, June 8 – OTA #10
Tuesday, June 13-Thursday, June 15 – Veteran Minicamp

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