Organized team activities, or OTAs, is the nine-week window of light workouts that bridge the acquisition period—free agency and the draft—and training camp for NFL teams.
Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the keyword to emphasize is light.
For veterans who have secured their starting position, OTAs are an inconvenient break from their offseason vacation. Players leave their offseason homes and families to participate in the helmetless practices.
But for other players, ones that are operating on more unstable ground, OTAs are a welcomed expansion of training camp and provide players with a longer audition on their quest to supplant the starters at their position.
It is also the first opportunity for new players to earn respect from their teammates.
Whether to impress coaches or to obtain the adoration in the locker room, these NFL players would be wise to perform at OTAs.