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Broncos, 49ers, Rams kick off offseason programs


For three more NFL teams, "Phase One" begins Monday.

The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams all start the first leg of their offseason training activities a week ahead of the NFL schedule. Teams with a new head coach were permitted to start their organized team activities as early as April 3.

All workouts are voluntary.

For those wondering, "Phase One" allows for up to four hours of "dead ball" work per day with only strength and conditioning coaches. They are only allowed a maximum of 90 minutes on the field. According to the NFL Players Association's offseason rule guide, teams can "only specify two hours for players to be at facility" and "players choose the other two hours for weights, etc."

Essentially, we're in for a little bit of high octane stretching but it does signify football is right around the corner. The Broncos will get their first look at prospective starting quarterback and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch after a pivotal offseason. The same goes for last year's No. 1 overall pick, Jared Goff.

While coaches aren't allowed on the field, this is still a key hurdle for installing the culture. For some players, it will be the first time they're interacting with the new staff and everything has to be on brand.

Around The NFL will have more on the workouts following media availability Monday.