If you're honest about the NFL season, you realize there's truly only one “offseason.” Despite having the longest stint between the league’s championship and the following season, the NFL doesn’t stop. You have free agency, the NFL Draft, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp — only then comes the actual offseason.
Yes, in just a bit more than a month between minicamp and training camp do players and coaches leave their teams to do what they need to have done before the start of another grueling season. For some, it's about getting some rest and relaxation, while others use it as a time to work on their craft one last time before camp begins.
“Everybody should be going into the offseason knowing in their mind that they got to get better,” cornerback Artie Burns said. “Because when camp comes, it’s all guns firing. Everybody’s got to fight for their roles, and everybody [should] want to go back home with the mindset of getting prepared.”
Some players don’t venture far from the city of Pittsburgh, while others prefer to do their training back in the comfort of their hometowns.
“I’ve been working with my trainer now down there [Atlanta] for six years, so I’m going to be training,” Burnett said. “I’m going to be busy with my son — my son is playing baseball, so I’ll basically be training and ripping and running with my son.”
You definitely see a trend among the veterans regarding where they train and sticking to a routine. Like Burnett, Joe Haden also prefers consistency.
“As soon as training camp starts, it’s a wrap, it’s over,” Haden said. “So it’s just good to be able to get away from it a little bit, but still making sure you’re getting your body right for training camp.”
The same can be said about newly-acquired Jon Bostic, as he plans to put his stamp on his new team once the hitting starts at Saint Vincent College.
“For me, it’s a business,” linebacker Jon Bostic said. “So I’ve got to go make sure I take care of my business, so when we get to training camp, all that stuff I was training for in the offseason shows up on film and so I’m ready to go.”
Either way, it doesn’t seem like there are many plans for relaxation, as players focus solely on getting ready for the upcoming season -- one that fans hope is truly special.