On Tuesday, the NFL announced that the practice rules have been expanded in three ways. First of all, the squad will increase from eight to 10 players for the 2014 and 2015 seasons
Secondly, it has relaxed some of the restrictions on the practice squad.
Players can have up to three years of practice squad eligibility, but three games on the unit would accrue one year. Now it is increased to six games on the practice squad to count as a year.
Standard practice squad eligibility is that a player cannot have any accrued years (six games or more on the active roster/injured reserve/PUP) unless they were not active on game days for at last nine games.
Another expansion is that now teams can keep as many as two players (of the 10) who have no more than two credited seasons.
This means that a player like Ryan Lindley, who was ineligible for the unit previously because he was active for 10 games his rookie season, would now be eligible because he enters his third season.
Here are some potential candidates who previously were not eligible, but could be considered because their roster spot seems unlikely:
- QB Ryan Lindley
- T Bradley Sowell
- T Nate Potter
- DT Christian Tupou
- S Curtis Taylor
- WR Brittan Golden
- CB Teddy Williams
- Adrian Tracy (I think he was not practice squad eligible)
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