Not too long ago our Sundays were filled with back to back football games with our ears ringing in anticipation of the Monday Night Football theme song.
For our NFL players this is not too far off, as some have started to gear up for the 2017 season.
Monday marked the beginning of offseason workouts for many NFL teams, according to NFL.com. These are voluntary restricted workouts. The focus is strictly on strength, conditioning and rehab, and the players are limited to 90 minutes on the field. They can only practice for four hours a day: two at the facility and two for weights and other activities.
All smiles for offseason program kicking off! pic.twitter.com/iaLH1DJDqP
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 17, 2017
This week 27 teams went back to work, following the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams who started their workouts April 10.
Some teams are already in phase two like the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Chargers. Phase two lasts for three weeks and allows individual player instruction and team practices.
Teams with new coaches are also allowed to host voluntary minicamps before the draft. This year the Broncos, Chargers, Rams and the San Francisco 49ers will all have their camps underway by the end of April.
Although teams have just started their official practices, some of your favorite players have been working out all on their own. Check out these Instagram videos of NFL players putting in work during the offseason.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos