The Denver Broncos have one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the entire league. They have a nice blend of youth and experience at several positions on both sides of the ball.
Some of the younger players may not be able to make the 53-man roster, but they could impress enough to find a home on the practice squad.
The NFL’s rules for the practice squad are as follows:
The practice squad is used for rookies or players with limited experience that the team wants to develop. They are essentially free agents who can be signed away to another team’s active roster at any time. They cannot go from one practice squad to another without first being released.
A player is eligible if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games. If a player has one accrued season, he can still be practice squad-eligible if he was on the 45-man active game-day roster for less than nine regular-season games.
A player is deemed to have served a season on the practice squad if he remains on the squad for at least three weeks. Players are eligible to be on the practice squad for two seasons. They can be eligible for a third practice squad season if their team maintains no less than 53 players on the active/inactive list at all times.
Practice squad players practice with the team each week, but they are not eligible to play on game day.
Here’s a look at five players who might find themselves on the Broncos practice squad in 2014.