At $5,700 a week, there are certainly worse ways to make a living than landing on an NFL team's practice squad.
Hundreds of NFL dreams have died over the last week and a half as the 32 teams have cut down their rosters from over 100 to 53 players. For a select few—up to eight per team—the dream stays alive in the form of a practice squad contract.
Practice squad players are exactly that: They practice with the team during the week and attend all meetings and film sessions, but they are not part of the active 53 man roster that suits up for games.
For practice squad players the NFL dream is just an injury or even a poor performance by a rostered player away from becoming a reality. Most practice players are just one or two years out of college and just haven't had enough of an opportunity to prove they belong. But what they have proved is that they have enough potential to intrigue teams to the point that they want to keep them around for further evaluation.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed eight players to their 2012 practice squad. Some of them might see some NFL action this year, and some might be gone in a week or two. Such is the life of a fringe NFL player.
Here, we take a look at the Vikings practice squad and evaluate what kind of future each member might have.