In less than two weeks, Houston Texans players will return to NRG Stadium for offseason work.
The Texans begin their sixth offseason workout program under head coach Bill O'Brien on April 16. The purpose of the NFL offseason program is to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
The nine-week voluntary offseason program is conducted in three phases with the 2019 schedule as follows*:
April 15: First day
April 15-19: Offseason workouts (Phase 1, Week 1)
April 22-26: Offseason workouts (Phase 1, Week 2)
April 29-May 3: Offseason workouts (Phase 2, Week 3)
May 6-10: Offseason workouts (Phase 2, Week 4)
May 13-17: Offseason workouts (Phase 2, Week 5)
May 20: Start of OTAs (organized team activities)
May 20-21, May 23: OTA #1, 2, 3 (Phase 3, Week 6)
May 28-30: OTA #4, 5, 6 (Phase 3, Week 7)
June 3-4, June 6-7: OTA #7, 8, 9, 10 (Phase 3, Week 8)
June 11-13: Mandatory Minicamp (Phase 3, Week 9). This is the only portion of offseason workout program that is mandatory.
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTA activity. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Rookie minicamp dates will be announced at a later date, but those may be conducted either on the first or second weekend following the NFL Draft.
*The NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar dates are tentative and subject to change at the discretion of individual clubs.