On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the NFL is planning to increase the amount of players that teams can keep on their practice squad from eight to 10:
By next week, NFL is expected to increase size of practice squads to 10 players from 8, per source. So 64 more jobs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2014
This may not seem like a big deal, but every roster spot matters. When you have a team as deep as the Denver Broncos currently do, the more players the league will let you keep around, the better.
To be eligible for a spot on the practice squad, players must meet a few requirements:
- A player can be placed on the practice squad if they don't have an accrued season on an active NFL roster. An accrued season is defined as six games.
- A player can still be placed on the practice squad if they have an accrued season, so long as they have made fewer than nine appearances on the 45-man active roster.
- If a player is on the practice squad for a minimum of three weeks, that is considered a full season on the practice squad. Every player can be placed on the practice squad for two seasons.
With that said, practice squad spots are usually reserved for rookies whom the team feels can be developed for the future. The Broncos had a very strong undrafted rookie class this season.
The team will be faced with some difficult roster decisions. Some of those may be less difficult now that there are two extra spots on the practice squad, ensuring that 63 of the 90 players on the roster will be kept in some capacity.
Here's a look at some players who could be helped by the recent change.