The Complete Guide to NFL Offseason Workouts

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The Complete Guide to NFL Offseason Workouts
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The NFL offseason workout schedule is in full swing now that the NFL draft is behind us. This provides us with a first look at promising rookies and high-priced veterans showing off their new team colors. 

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

When football is the only thing a player has on his schedule since way back in July, free time becomes a familiar luxury for the first time in many of these players’ lives.

Something few people may be aware of: NFL offseason programs are significantly less physically demanding than workouts for most big-time college football programs. However, what they lack in physical expectation is quickly forgiven with the need for mental preparation.

Many football fans might be surprised how little NFL players see of their head coach in the offseason. Sure, these guys are always around monitoring things, but the bulk of quality time is spent sharpening their weapons, fortifying their defenses and expanding their threshold of attrition.  

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