Tweaking the practice squad rules

Posted by Darren Urban on June 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm

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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3 Responses to “Tweaking the practice squad rules”

  1. By D on Jun 22, 2016 | Reply

    I am glad the Lions moved to get A. Abdullah in the 2015 draft because M. Golden and D. Johnson appear to be on their way to promising careers..

  2. By TLTfka DTL on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    Love this, understood Michael was behind this. Want to see more actives on gameday…was in the mix…would keep players less exhausted, less prone to injury on the margin…

    Also want innovation in the helmets, cant believe they cant build a trauma eliminating crash helmet…League should take the lead, invest $10M more to fund effort…oh well…

  3. By Scott Brown on Jun 24, 2016 | Reply

    I would like to see the game day inactive list done away with. Why not have all 53 players able to play on game day.
    These six players could be important on special teams, or as backups, which they practice all week, just to sit on game day.

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