NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the first day of the first phase of Titans’ organized team activities, a brief outline/ reminder of how they work.

OTAs are broken down into three phases.

Ryan Tannehill

Poll photo/ George Walker, The Tennessean

Phase One began today: It’s two weeks of conditioning. Only conditioning coaches are allowed on the field with players. [Unlocked]

As per the CBA: “No footballs shall be permitted to be used (only ‘dead ball’ activities), except that (1) quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player; (2) kickers, punters, PAT/field goal holders, and long snappers may use footballs on the field for kicking, punting, snapping or holding without the involvement of any other players; (3) returners may field punts and kickoffs provided they are not covered by any other player; (4) JUGGS machines may be used for pass catching, punt returns, and kickoff returns.”

That means Ryan Tannehill could be throwing to receivers and changes my initial opinion of his absence.

If it was merely running and lifting I didn’t care if he was here or not for the first two weeks. But he can be throwing. So he should be with the Titans at this stage.

Phase Two is three weeks: On-field workouts with coaches but no offense vs. defense elements and no contact.

Phase Three is four weeks: It can include 10 days of OTA practices and end with a mandatory three-day minicamp, the only mandatory element of the offseason. No live contact, no one-on-ones. Players may wear jointly approved protective shirts but no shells.

Except for the 10 practice days, players can be at the team facility for no more than four hours a day for no more than four days a week and not on weekends.

Teams can’t specify more than two hours a day during which it suggests players be at the facility. Players can choose the other two hours he wishes to conduct weight training etc. so long as they are during the hours the team operates the weight room.

During the 10 days of OTA practices, players may be at the facility no more than six hours and on the field no more than two hours.

Mandatory Veteran Minicamp: Players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day. The first two days can be split into two practices: Two and one-half hours and one hour. with the second being an hour.

apple icon 144x144 precomposedThe second practice is only plays conducted with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, 11 or fewer across from 11 or fewer.

Players on one side of the ball may execute a play, but players on the opposite side of the ball may not initiate contact or impede the progress of the players who are running the play.

No day, including treatment and taping, may begin prior to 7:00 am local time or end after 8:30 pm local time, and players shall be given at least one hour for lunch and dinner each.

Ten hours maximum including taping and treatment and one hour for mealtime.

Per diem for each player is at least $295.

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