The first day of rookie mini-camp has got to be an exciting and overwhelming day for the Broncos rookies. After getting fitted for gear and choosing their numbers, the Broncos draft picks and undrafted free agents get to go out on a field as Broncos. The Broncos rookie mini-camp runs from May 16th – May 18th.
The mini-camp should be a good opportunity for the new players to get to know the Broncos facility and each other. The camp is part of the team’s rookie development program.
From the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement:
Each Club may hold a Rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, commencing on or about May 16th. During this period, no mandatory or voluntary activities can be held on weekends, with the exception of the Club’s one post-Draft Rookie Mini-camp, which at the Club’s election may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the College Draft. Players may only participate in Club activities for a maximum of ten hours per day.
For all off-season mini-camps there is a “no contact work” rule – so no tackling, pass rushing, or pads. I’m guessing the no contact rule is annoying to many of the players eager to dive right in but is meant to help prevent injury to the players.
Update: the Broncos announced 37 players are in attendance at the Broncos Rookie Mini-Camp. That breaks down to 6 draft picks, 14 UFA (WR Greg Hardin in not expected by the Broncos until after mini-camp), 8 try-outs, and 9 players who were either on the Broncos practice squad or were signed to future contracts late last year.
OTA offseason workouts for the entire team are scheduled for May 28-30, June 2nd-4th, and June 16th-19th. The mandatory mini-camp is June 10th-12th.
Football season is coming!