If you have been following the Jets closely, you might have heard the offseason program is now in phase two. What does that mean?
As part of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed nine weeks of practices in the offseason.
The first two weeks were phase one of the program, which was largely limited to strength and conditioning. Injured players are allowed to work on their rehab as well. The only coaches allowed to work with players during this phase are strength and conditioning coaches.
We are now in phase two, which is the next three weeks of the program. Football coaches are now allowed to work with players and conduct drills. There are some regulations, though. The drills have to separate offenses and defenses. Offensive players cannot face defensive players in these drills. There also is no contact. Helmets also are not worn.
The last four weeks will be phase three, which has more expansive practice aspects. We will discuss that more once we get there.
These offseason workouts are voluntary. While not required to attend, some players have bonuses written into their contracts for attending so it can be easy money.