The offseason schedules for each NFL team were recently announced,. Here are the dates to keep in mind as we count down the days until football returns.
April 15 – Tax day marks the start of the Lions’ offseason training program. The program runs a total of nine weeks with a different set of rules governing each phase. The first two weeks consist of nothing more than strength, conditioning and rehabilitation. The next three week stretch allows for on-field practice but contact and offense vs. defense drills are not permitted.
May 10-12 – The Detroit Lions’ 2013 draft class hits the field as professionals for the first time for rookie minicamp.
May 21-23, 28-29, 31, June 3-4, 6-7 – Each team is allowed ten days for organized team activities, which the Lions will use at the end of May and beginning of June. Team drills including 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s are permitted.
June 11-13 – The final three days of the offseason training program have been designated as a mandatory minicamp. The next time the team gets together will be for training camp in late July.
None of the activities during the Lions offseason program will be open to the public. However, position battles will likely start to heat up, especially at cornerback, outside linebacker and the offensive line, as the 2013 Detroit Lions start to take shape.