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What You Need to Know: Ravens Kick Off Mandatory Minicamp

June 11, 2018 - 11:17 am

By Joe Schiller

After a short stint of OTAs that was limited due to an infraction of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Baltimore Ravens continue Phase 3 of the offseason process.

The team begins mandatory minicamp this week and here’s everything you need to know.

Mandatory minicamp is shorter than OTAs and practices will last from Tuesday-Thursday for the Ravens this week. Players are in the building today for physicals and will take the field starting tomorrow.

It’s important to note that “mandatory” is the keyword here. Unlike OTAs, which are voluntary, players under contract are required to attend minicamp this week unless otherwise noted. This is around the time where players searching for new contracts threaten to holdout. Linebacker C.J. Mosley is on the last year of his rookie deal but was present during OTAs, so there shouldn't be any worry

As stated by the NFL Players Association, the Ravens are allowed 10 hours a day, 6.5 which can occur on the field. Full pads and contact still aren't until training camp but this provides valuable time for both the offensive and defensive units to continue to gel. An offseason overhaul has brought a wealth of new talent to Baltimore and their integration is crucial to the team’s success this season.

The Ravens entered the offseason with a number of storylines that have only grown stronger from free agency and the NFL Draft. From Joe Flacco’s current contract to the pressure of missing the postseason four of the last five years.

Football season is right around the corner and things ramp up this week with an exciting few days of mandatory minicamp.