The Bengals return to Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday, April 9 for the start of Phase One of the voluntary offseason workout program.
With new head coach Zac Taylor in the fold, the Bengals receive an extra week of offseason workouts, with an additional voluntary minicamp for veterans prior to the draft.
Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club's voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases.
Phase 1: The first two weeks, with activities limited to strength, conditioning and physical rehab only.
Phase 2: The next three weeks, with on-field workouts that may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practices conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase 3: The final four weeks, during which teams may conduct 10 days of Organized Team Activities (OTAs). No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.
Rookies, including draft picks and college free agents, take place in a minicamp May 10-11 and may join the team for the offseason program the following week.
The Bengals' mandatory minicamp takes place mid-June.
Here is the Bengals tentative schedule for the coming three months:
- April 9: Phase One Begins
- April 15: Local college players' workout
- April 19: Zac Taylor pre-draft news conference, 11:30 a.m.
- April 23-25: Voluntary minicamp
- April 25-27: 2018 NFL Draft
- April 29: Phase Two Begins
- May 10-11: Rookie minicamp
- May 20-21, 23: Phase Three, Organized Team Activities (OTA practices)
- May 28-30: OTAs
- June 3-6: OTAs
- June 11-13: Mandatory minicamp
- July 24 (tentative): Players report to training camp (first practice on July 25)