An Insider's Guide to NFL OTAs

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An Insider's Guide to NFL OTAs
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL offseason rolls along, 29 teams will begin organized team activities (OTAs) this week.

During this time, most, if not all, established veterans who are off doing their own offseason workout regimens fly in from all over the country to reunite with old faces and shake hands with new ones.

For those newcomers who impressed during rookie minicamps, things can change drastically once the veterans show up to participate in OTAs.

At this point in the offseason teams are 90 players strong, and competition to make the 53-man roster can really heat up. The work put in during these limited team activities could be the difference between a blossoming NFL career and a brief cameo in an NFL practice jersey.

As a former NFL player with the Raiders, Jets, Falcons and Ravens, I’ve survived my fair share of NFL OTAs and have learned a thing or two about the process.

Here is an inside look at what really goes down at organized team activities, what to expect and what it’s all worth at the end of the day.

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