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Ravens Offseason Officially Kicks Off April 18

April 17, 2017
The Ravens' offseason program officially kicks off April 18, when players return to the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md., for the two-week conditioning program. That will be followed by three weeks of organized team activities beginning in May, and then a mandatory minicamp in June. 

Under conditions stipulated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the first two weeks of the offseason, known as Phase One, consist only of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.

Phase Two, which last three weeks, includes individual instruction and some drills, but contact or full offense versus defense drills are prohibited.

The team is then permitted to hold up to 10 OTA days followed by one mandatory minicamp. It is customary for some veterans to opt out of the voluntary OTA workouts, but players not reporting for mandatory minicamp are subject to fines.

The Ravens will conduct OTAs May 24-26, June 1-3 and June 6-9, and the full-squad minicamp is scheduled for June 14-16.

Last year, the Ravens lost three of their 10 OTA workouts as a penalty for having players in pads for a portion of their rookie minicamp. 

Quarterback Joe Flacco did not take part in last season's OTA workouts while recovering from a torn ACL; this year's OTAs will give him a chance to spend more time with young receivers, such as Breshad Perriman, Chris Moore and any receivers the Ravens select in next week's NFL Draft.

This will be Marty Mornhinweg's first offseason as the Ravens' offensive coordinator; he took over for the fired Marc Trestman in midseason last year. In addition, the OTAs will be important for Ravens new offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris and new senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach Greg Roman, as the Ravens look to jump-start an offense that ranked 17th overall and 28th in rushing. 

Flacco, cornerback Jimmy Smith, wide receiver Mike Wallace and safety Eric Weddle are scheduled to meet with the media April 19, along with Ravens director of performance Steve Saunders, who oversees the conditioning program.