Back to work, Miami Dolphins players arrive for workouts

The Miami Dolphins weight room from about six years ago - image by Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins weight room from about six years ago - image by Brian Miller /

The Miami Dolphins officially welcomed back their players to the facility as the team begins off-season workouts ahead of the 2018 season.

Today marks the first time since the end of the season that the Dolphins players officially got together at the training facility in Davie to workout. The keyword here is “workout”. Miami players can get in the weight room but they can’t practice. They can’t do team drills or even attend positional meetings. They can only workout and get into shape.

This is the NFL’s rules. The workouts are voluntary but expected to draw full participation from the players. The other stuff will come later when the team will begin integration of practices, film study, and more. For now it’s just the weights and rehab if needed.

Following the draft the Dolphins will host a rookie mini-camp that will be designed to introduce those rookies and some new veterans to the teams facility and get some idea of where they are at from a condition stand point. Then later again they will host a veteran mini-camp and OTA’ or organized team activities.

All of this leads through the coming months until the team breaks for the remaining summer in late June early July and then report back to the team at the end of July when they will start training camp.

For fans, the off-season is long and the mini-camps and the OTA’s are a reminder that the season isn’t too far away. During the next few months fans will also start to fall in love that one annual player who really steps up in these little camps and then fade when camp arrives.

The good news is that the draft is next weekend and that football even its most minimal state is back. Back to work, or rather back to working out as a team.