The Lions announced the dates of Organized Team Activities, or OTA’s. They will be held on May 11, May 13, May 18-20, May 25, May 27, June 1-3, June 8, June 10 and June 14.
Teams typically install 50-85% of their offensive and defensive playbooks during OTA’s. This allows the players to study their playbooks all summer before training camp. It’s really beneficial because the players receive on-field instruction on the concepts and timing of the plays, and then reinforce that with mental reps and film study.
OTA’s are also crucial for a quarterback and his receivers to build chemistry and timing, which is why the coaching staff shut Stafford down the last few games of the season. They wanted him completely healthy for OTA’s.
Lastly, there will also be a post-draft rookie minicamp for drafted and undrafted rookies shortly after the draft. This gives the rookies an opportunity to learn how the team practices, get familair with the coaches, and for some undrafted guys, determines if they will get an invite to training camp.
It sounds ridiculous, but the 2010 Lions will hit the field in a little more than a month.