The NFL Draft is over and the Miami Dolphins are settling into their offseason training program, and getting ready for the 2013 season. Here's a look at where the team currently stands in their preparation, and what's coming up for them.
Miami shifted into Phase Two of the offseason training program this week, meaning over the next three weeks, the team may conduct on field workouts, but the practices must be conducted on a "separates" basis, and no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed.
On May 20, the team will transition into Phase Three of the program, which is a four week long period, with up to 10 days of organized team activities, or OTAs. While there still cannot be any live contact, the team is allowed to run 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills during the OTAs.
For Miami, the OTAs will be held May 14-16, May 21-23, and May 28-31. The team already held their one voluntary minicamp April 16-18.
Each team may also hold one mandatory minicamp for veterans, which for the Dolphins will be June 11-13.
The team has also scheduled their rookie mini-camp, which will be held this weekend, May 3-5. This will be the first chance for the team to workout their nine newly drafted players, as well as all the undrafted free agents they have signed.
It will also mark the only time first round pick Dion Jordan will be allowed to workout with the team until the mandatory minicamp. As happened last season with linebacker Josh Kaddu, who, like Jordan, played college football at Oregon, and Johnathan Martin, from Standford, NFL rules will keep Jordan away from the team after the rookie minicamp because classes have not been completed at Oregon. The NFL requires a player's academic term be completed prior to being allowed to workout with the team.
In the case of Oregon, the school is on a quarter schedule, which runs until June 7, according to the calendar on their website. Jordan will not be allowed to workout with the team until after classes end, meaning he will miss all of the program up to the June 11 minicamp.
The Dolphins will host their first preseason game on August 4 when they play the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Miami will have four more preseason games this summer before they open the regular season on September 8 at the Cleveland Browns.