Already, the NFL had changed their practice squad rules, upping the number of players allowed on the unit from eight to 10. At the time, they also changed the rules so that two of the players could have up to two accrued seasons in the NFL (before, it was no more than one.) That gave teams the flexibility to put a whole host of new candidates on the practice squad, if they were to pass through waivers once they were released initially.
The rules have changed again. There are still only 10 on the PS, but now, up to four players can have two accrued seasons. That doesn’t mean there would be that many, but if a team wanted to add a veteran after training camp just in case in an effort to get him up to speed without taking up a roster spot, this provides more flexibility. It certainly gives a team the option to develop a player for a couple of years without using up a roster spot, or a guy who played a year on the roster and just isn’t ready yet. It seems to help a team like the Cardinals — which has a deep roster and figures to cut some decent players — hold on to a couple of those cuts.
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