The oft-forgotten portion of an NFL team's roster throughout the season is the practice squad. Most fans know that teams are made up of 53 men, but there are eight other members of a club that play an important role. These practice squad members are paid per week and can be released at any point, or picked up by another team, but they are a critical well of depth and developmental talent for teams.
Last season, players like Da'Rick Rogers spent time on the practice squad before rotating in as the season progressed and injuries piled up. They can be as critical, or as under-used, as teams deem fit.
Only players with less than one year of accrued NFL service can be placed on the practice squad. An accrued season means being on the active roster for six games, although one can still be eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine games. A player can only be on the practice squad for two seasons.
For this exercise, we'll be looking at players who have a high upside worthy of keeping on the team, but that the odds may be stacked against to actually make the active roster. The Colts have brought in a plethora of developmental talent over the last two years, and 2014 is no exception.