While baseball fans celebrate the magic of Opening Day, football fans are giddy at having their road maps to 2016.
For the Cowboys, the official offseason begins April 18 and runs through a June 16 minicamp that will serve as the final tune-up to July’s training camp in Oxnard, California.
Though some players are already working out on their own at Valley Ranch, the first day of official workouts isn’t for another two weeks.
Beginning April 18 for two weeks, players can work on strength, conditioning and physical rehabilitation. A following three-week phase allows on-field workouts but no offense vs. defense drills. The final four-week segment allows 11-on-11 drills covering a total of 10 days’ worth of organized teams activities or OTAs.
OTAs will run May 24-26, May 31-June 2 and June 6-8.
The mandatory minicamp will be June 14-16, which will serve as the team’s final function at Valley Ranch. After it, the Cowboys will move to The Star in Frisco, where they will practice full-time when they return from training camp in August.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.