Practice squads in the NFL aren't filled with players like Rudy and Keanu Reeves. Contributors are brought up from practice squads scores of times on nearly every NFL team. Benjarvus Green-Ellis—now a Cincinnati Bengal—is one of a handful of former New England Patriots practice squad players to end up starting in the NFL.
The six players profiled here won't be happy with a demotion to the scout team from the 53-man roster, but the move isn't a death sentence. Injuries, poor play or a change in tactics can warrant a recall of a demoted player.
Here are six players whose situation might not allow them a spot on the final roster, but whose talent and versatility could make them ripe for selection to the practice squad.