Texans players will report to NRG Stadium for voluntary conditioning workouts Monday as Phase One of the 2015 NFL offseason program begins.
It will be the first time some have seen each other since the end-of-the-season locker cleanout on December 29.
Nine-year veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph has since returned to NRG Stadium, but he's definitely looking forward to getting back to work with his teammates.
"Obviously, it's a dead time from February till April," Joseph said on Texans All Access last Tuesday. "Guys go their separate ways wherever they are living at so, that first week that everybody gets back, it's almost like guys are back in high school. Everyone's glad to see each other and joking around, laughing, but at the same time, we are all here for the same common goal, and that's to build something and win a championship."
Texans players have been working out and/or rehabbing at the stadium this offseason, but it will be the first time everyone will do so in an organized group with the three-phase program beginning on Monday.
Phase One will consist of strength and conditioning and rehabilitation only and lasts two weeks. Workouts will be led by head strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald.
Phase Two will comprise the next three weeks of the program with individual player instruction and position drills. No live contact or offense vs. defense drills are allowed in Phase Two.
The final four weeks of the offseason conditioning work is Phase Three, when teams hold their OTAs (organized team activity). No live contact is permitted, but teams can conduct 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills. Veteran minicamp, which is mandatory, takes place during Phase Three.
The Texans will conduct OTAs beginning May 26 and ending June 12. Mandatory camp will be held June 16-18.