Multiple NFL teams have now canceled minicamps this offseason, with the 49ers and Texans joining the Eagles and Colts as teams officially giving those workouts a miss.
Each team made its decision public this week, citing slightly different reasons (though they came down to player health).
In Houston, Texans head coach David Culley pointed at the team’s participation in voluntary workouts as a reason to remove mandatory minicamp from the schedule.
“We needed to make sure for at least four weeks during the offseason we had as many players here as possible,” Culley told USA Today.
The 49ers had more of a strict timetable in mind, seeking at least 40 days rest for their players.
“We kinda decided a while ago we weren’t gonna do minicamp,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I like the guys to get away for 40 days, and we started a week later this year than usual – the whole league did — so they only would’ve gotten away for 32 days, and I think that does add up.”
Mandatory minicamp workouts are ongoing in other locations throughout the league.
–Field Level Media