New York Giants Offseason Workout Program Begins Monday: The New York Giants offseason workout program begins Monday.
Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
- Phase One (April 21 – May 4): Consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
- Phase Two (May 5 – May 26): Consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
- Phase Three (see OTA dates below): Consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTA workouts. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Important dates of note:
- April 21: Start of the offseason program.
- May 28-30: Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts.
- June 2-3: OTA workouts.
- June 5: OTA workout.
- June 9-10: OTA workouts.
- June 12-13: OTA workouts.
- June 17-19: Mandatory, full-team mini-camp.
The Giants will not hold a rookie mini-camp this year because the 2014 NFL Draft is three weeks later than usual. For more on the offseason program, see Giants offseason workouts begin Monday by Dan Salomone of Giants.com.
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BBI scouting report on Freeman:
The Giants signed Josh Freeman as an unrestricted free agent from the Minnesota Vikings in April 2014. Freeman was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers released Freeman in October 2013 and he quickly signed with the Minnesota Vikings. After starting 56 regular-season games for Tampa Bay in 2009-2012, Freeman only started four games in 2013. Three of those were with Tampa Bay and one was for the Vikings, ironically against the Giants. In those four games, Freeman only completed 43 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions. In the game against the Giants in October, Freeman played terribly and the Vikings did not allow him to see the field again. Freeman has great size (6’6”, 240 pounds) and a strong arm. But he has struggled with his accuracy (57.6 percent completion percentage) and turnovers (67 career interceptions) during his five NFL seasons. His best season was in 2010 when he started all 16 games, and threw for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. But he threw a total of 39 interceptions in 2011 and 2012. Freeman needs to improve his accuracy, consistency, maturity, and work ethic if he is going to last in the NFL much longer.
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