Today’s OTA? It’s a walkthrough

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Being here in Dallas for the league’s Spring Meeting meant missing the first OTA session the Patriots were opening for the media.

Turns out, I’m not missing much. Colleague Shalise Manza Young, on the scene in Foxborough, just passed along word that New England has chosen this day (coincidentally) during the team’s first week of OTAs to hold a walkthrough. So if you were looking forward to getting on-field detail from today’s work, you’re out of luck.

Been over this before, but let’s review the OTA rules one more time. This is one of 14 OTA days allowable by the league.

The guidelines are in Appendix L of the collective bargaining agreement. Here they are:

• No pads except protective knee or elbow pads. Helmets are permitted.

• No live contact; no live contact drills between offensive and defensive linemen.

• 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills will be permitted, providing no live contact takes place.

• The NFL will monitor all Clubs during the off-season to ensure player safety and adherence to live contact guidelines.

• Maximum six (6) hours per day, with a maximum two (2) hours on field, for any player.

… I guess the guys out there aren’t even wearing helmets. So you’ll likely have to wait until next week to hear more about how the players look in this early work.

They will be talking to the media, though, and Shalise will have you covered with that stuff at this address and also right here.


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