NFL to Increase Practice Squad Rosters: Latest Details and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

NFL logo on goal post padding before between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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The NFL announced it will increase the size of practice squads from a maximum of eight players to ten players:

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to expand NFL Practice Squads for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Absent an extension of the agreement, the current rules will be reinstated beginning with the 2016 season.

Under the agreement, 2014 and 2015 Practice Squads will increase from the current maximum of eight players to 10 players.


First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.

ESPN's Adam Schefter initially reported the news::

John Middlekauff of 97.5 The Game in San Francisco thinks the change is a natural progression considering the size of preseason rosters:

On its face, the news seems rather unimportant. Why should anybody care about practice squads? When you dig a little deeper, you see this change could have a somewhat significant impact on how teams shape their rosters.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times wonders if two QBs in the depth chart might become the norm. The third would be a part of the practice squad:

The ability to throw two more players on the practice squad also gives teams a little more flexibility from a personnel perspective. They can afford to take gambles on players who otherwise might have been overlooked and fallen through the cracks. Some players simply need more time to develop before they're ready to contribute to the team.'s Bill Williamson thinks that teams trying to rebuild will be helped the most by the move:

Every year, you see a handful of players making the leap from the practice squad to active roster who end up making an impact on the field. That will become a little more prevalent with more players added to the scout team.