The Detroit Lions began their offseason training program back in April, and they held their annual rookie minicamp earlier this month. Now, they are ready to move on to the next phase of the offseason: organized team activities.
The Lions' first set of OTAs is scheduled to take place from Tuesday to Thursday this week. What exactly will these workouts entail? Here's a basic breakdown of the rules from Niners Nation:
No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills permitted, but team offense vs. team defense dills are permitted. This includes 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11. Players can be required to wear helmets, but shells are not permitted. No live contact is permitted. (e.g. "live" blocking, tackling, pass rushing and bump-and-run).
This week's OTAs will serve as the first real chance for rookies and veterans to hit the field together, so it will be interesting to see how guys like Laken Tomlinson and Ameer Abdullah fit into the picture. It's important to not read too much into anything at this stage of the offseason, but it will still be interesting nonetheless.
Here's the full schedule for the Lions' OTAs and minicamp: