Offseason workouts are nearing their end, but first 25 teams will take the field this week for minicamp workouts.
Minicamps mark the first time this offseason that attendance is mandatory and players can be fined for skipping. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, players under contract are subject to fines up to $72,920 for missing the entirety of the three day event. Franchise-tagged players who have not signed their tenders, like Dez Bryant, Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul aren't subject to fines.
Teams can hold two practices on two of the three minicamp days, but one must be a walkthrough, no on-field session can last longer than 2.5 hours, and players can't be on the field more than 3.5 hours in one day.
There is no contact work allowed in drills, which includes live blocking, tacking or physical coverage. Teams are subject to punishment for violating the contact rule -- the Seahawks forfeited two days of minicamps after being cited for physical practices in 2012. Seattle's players and coaches will conduct three days of meetings this week, but will only be on the practice field on Thursday.
Given the non-contact rules, it's hard to get a good view of how a team will play out of minicamps. Things like trench play are nearly impossible to judge at this point.
Even with the limitations, let's take a look at a few questions off the top of our heads facing each team as they open minicamp:
Does anyone want to play quarterback in Buffalo????? How will Greg Roman shuffle his offensive line? Who could get squeezed out of Rex Ryan's linebacker rotation?
How does Jimmy Garoppolo fair with increased reps? What will be the backfield rotation with no obvious workhorse? How will the cornerback rotation begin to unfold?
Who will be the lead running back? Will Jameis Winston's blockers be as bad as they were for Bucs quarterbacks last year? Does Lovie Smith have the pass rushers to make his defense work?
We'll track those and many, many, many other storylines as minicamps progress this week.