OK, time to delve into technicalities. (Control your enthusiasm.)
More or less, the average ticket holder equates "practice squad" with "projects who won't play." And in all likelihood, that will prove to be Aaron Murray's first-year scenario.
So, from the outside looking in, adding the fifth-round passer (and part-time reality star) to the 53-man roster is seemingly pointless.
On the other hand, planting him on the practice squad poses a gamble, and rivals will certainly entertain the thought of rolling their dice.
Excluding a few exceptions, any practice squad player can be plucked by a different club at any given time. However, said players can't be added to another team's practice squad unless they're released prior to the transaction.
Kansas City's roster already features a trio of capable quarterbacks—Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray—throwing a wrench into Murray's 2014 plans.
Like many a practice squad member, odds are that the rookie won't record a single regular-season snap this year. Considering that, the team might relegate him to injured reserve (IR), which would prohibit him from practicing (or playing) until, at the very least, Week 7.
Regardless of choice, it's a slippery slope.
The Chiefs can throw caution to the wind, place the passer on the practice squad and promote him if they get wind of any outside interest. Or, they can securely park him on IR, forcing him to forfeit any on-field reps in the process.
While Murray hosts a level of potential that can, at some point, be molded into that of a full-time starter, he won't be expected to contribute this season. And with the aforementioned three occupying the depth chart, it makes little sense to throw an ACL-rehabbing rookie into the lion's den, retaining four active quarterbacks in the process.
However, if Andy Reid plans for Murray to enter 2015 with any (meaningful) experience to fall back on, he may have no other choice.
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