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Cardinals set OTA, mini-camp dates

The Arizona Cardinals will host voluntary organized team activities for three consecutive weeks in late May and into early June.

With over 50 members of the Arizona Cardinals' organization in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Combine, all eyes are on the college prospects the team will consider adding to its roster during April's NFL Draft.

On Thursday, though, the Cardinals announced when the coaching staff would have its first opportunity to work with its new rookies and undrafted free agents, as the team set its schedule for voluntary organized team activities and for its mini-camps.

Following the NFL Draft, which will take place between April 27-April 29, the Cardinals will host a rookie mini-camp for all of its draftees and the undrafted free agents the team adds after the draft between May 12-May 14.

After the weekend mini-camp, Arizona will hold voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) for three consecutive weeks during the latter half of May and early June.

Arizona will hold nine OTAs, with three coming between May 16-18, three coming between May 23-25, and three coming between May 30-June 2. The OTAs will include both veterans and rookies.

The Cardinals will close out their offseason activity with a mini-camp for veterans and rookies set for June 6-June 8.

Because the Cardinals play in the NFL's Hall of Fame Game this August, Arizona will play five preseason contests which will allow the Cardinals to open training camp earlier than other teams around the league.

Based on historical precedent, Arizona will likely open training camp around July 24 or July 25, which will give the team an opportunity to hold between eight and nine practices before it takes the field on August 3 against the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio.

Other key dates this offseason include March 9, which marks the start of free agency, and April 17, which is the date the Cardinals will begin their offseason strength and conditioning program. 

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