The San Francisco 49ers have a stacked roster with very few potential spots available.
The practice squad is an ideal way for a team to hold on to its most promising prospects who just need more seasoning to be ready for the NFL. There are eight coveted spots on the practice squad.
As explained by SBNation, the practice squad rules can be very complex:
- 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, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday 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 practice squad for at least three weeks. Players are eligible to be on the practice squad for two seasons.
- Players 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.
Let's take a closer look at eight players who are practice squad candidates for the 49ers' upcoming season.