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With Patriots returning to work Monday, what does offseason workout program entail?

04.17.17 at 1:16 pm ET
The Patriots kicked off their offseason program Monday. (Mike Petraglia/

The Patriots kicked off their offseason program Monday. (Mike Petraglia/

It’s officially on to 2017 for the Patriots, as their offseason program began Monday at Gillette Stadium.

Attendance is voluntary for the nine-week program, except for the three-day minicamp from June 6-8.

There are three phases to the program, and per the NFLPA, each phase is four hours a day for four days a week.

Phase 1 (two weeks): Strength and conditioning. Coaches aren’t allowed on the field and the team can only mandate two hours for players to be at the facility. Then, players can choose another two hours to lift weights.

Phase 2 (three weeks): Football drills. Coaches can now be be on the field, but helmets are not allowed and the offense cannot line up against the defense.

Phase 3 (four weeks): OTAs and mandatory minicamp. There are two weeks of OTAs followed by minicamp and then the final week of OTAs. The offseason program officially ends June 15 and the team doesn’t return until training camp, which begins in late July.

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