OTAs in focus
The Patriots' 14-week offseason program shifts to a different gear today, with the team taking part in Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
Here are some facts on OTAs from the league's collective bargaining agreement:
ANALYSIS: One part of a productive offseason program is building momentum toward the lone mandatory offseason minicamp (June 5-7) and the start of training camp (late July). Because OTAs allow full-team activities, this is a chance for the Patriots to see all the players working together at the same time in the team concept, from the meeting room to the practice field. Perhaps most important, the OTAs give quarterback Tom Brady a chance to develop a rapport with all his new targets. Last year, Brady spoke about the time it takes for a passing game to develop, and the Patriots will get a head-start on that process, starting today. This particular OTA is part of a passing camp which runs Monday-Thursday. It is closed to the media, although the media will have access to a few days of OTAs next week.