Bengals to begin voluntary offseason work next week


While the future Cincinnati Bengals continue to go through their final workouts and make various visits ahead of the April 25 start of the NFL Draft, the current players are preparing to return to town next week for the start of voluntary offseason workouts.

Beginning April 15, Bengals players will work with strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton in preparation for OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamp.

In addition to weight and strength training, the players will be participating in running and elective drills, such as yoga and combatives.

The four-week session stretches into early May and will be followed by three weeks of OTAs from May 20-23; May 28-31; and June 3-6.

The coaching staff’s first look at the draft picks and undrafted free agent signings will be May 10-12 at the rookie minicamp. The mandatory minicamp will take the place the week after OTAs wrap up, June 11-13.

After that, the players will get six weeks off before returning for the start of training camp. While no official start date has been announced, it is likely the players will report for physicals on July 23, followed by the first camp practice July 24.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement allows for players to report 15 days prior to the first preseason game, which for the Bengals will be Thursday, Aug. 8 in Atlanta on ESPN.

This will be the second year the team has held training camp in downtown Cincinnati on the practice field across the street from Paul Brown Stadium, along with a few select practices inside PBS.

The exact dates and times for the remaining three preseason games will be announced later, but the Bengals are scheduled to face Tennessee at PBS the weekend of Aug. 15-19, followed by a road game at Dallas Aug. 22-26, and the preseason finale Aug. 29-30 against Indianapolis.


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