Every NFL team has a “second roster,” that being the practice squad—a group of up to eight players who are allowed to participate in every team activity except the big one: playing on Sundays.
Usually, the practice squad simulates players on the team’s opponent that week. It may sound like a rough job, but consider these three factors:
-They’re on the practice squad until they’re released or signed by another team
-They can only be signed by another team with the intent to bring them onto the active roster
-A player who spends an entire season on a practice squad makes $90-$100k for four to five months work
Not a bad gig, right?
The man in the photo, Danny Amendola, was on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad in 2009...until he was signed by St. Louis, where he racked up 43 catches for 326 yards in 14 games.
The next potential group of Amendolas is complete, as the Philadelphia Eagles officially filled out their 2010 practice squad on Monday.
The Birds signed five of the eight on Sunday, all of whom were victims of the team's final 53-man cuts on Saturday; once they cleared waivers, they were added.
The final three were added Monday, after the Birds had time to assess the list of players who were cut by other teams.
They may not all stay on there for a full season, but for now, let’s meet the men who will make up the first incarnation of the Eagles’ practice squad.