THE PRACTICE SQUAD

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    THE PRACTICE SQUAD

    It has been a long time since the NFL has had a developmental league yet there are so many players that could play in the NFL but need development. Most professional sports have developmental leagues. The NFL has the NCAA but once college eligibility ends, that is it. One could argue that Canadian football and the Arena League provide that but the purpose of those leagues is not development. In fact, the Arena league seems to serve mostly an entertainment function.


    Every year at this time we see many players who have potential but something is missing.The practice squad limit of 8 per team seems very low to accommodate the needs of so many players who could potentially be role players on teams. IMO the practice squad limit needs to be increased to serve the needs of players who truly need development.


    Thoughts?

     
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    Re: THE PRACTICE SQUAD

    In response to NYC's comment:
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    It has been a long time since the NFL has had a developmental league yet there are so many players that could play in the NFL but need development. Most professional sports have developmental leagues. The NFL has the NCAA but once college eligibility ends, that is it. One could argue that Canadian football and the Arena League provide that but the purpose of those leagues is not development. In fact, the Arena league seems to serve mostly an entertainment function.

     

    Every year at this time we see many players who have potential but something is missing.The practice squad limit of 8 per team seems very low to accommodate the needs of so many players who could potentially be role players on teams. IMO the practice squad limit needs to be increased to serve the needs of players who truly need development.

     

    Thoughts?

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    Very good point - you would think it would only improve the total product. Especially if the league wants to expand. My biggest concern about expansion is the dilution of talent. A developmental league might alleviate that problem.

     
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    They tried that remember? It was called the European league and most NFL teams shared teams to fill rosters

    Trust me, I'm an engineer!

     
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    There shouldn't be a practice squad. Should be a 53 man roster with 45 active on game day. Let the teams have a specialist or 2. Let the practice squad guys travel with the team. These guys earned it. Let them savor it. 

     

    Now you got the easy part done telling me about it.

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    I would like to see bigger practice squads (10 or 12 players), but most NFL players have pretty short careers so if a young player can't make a roster in 1 or 2 years, the chance of that player ever making a roster is pretty slim, especially when you consider that more than 400 rookies sign with NFL teams every year.  The 32 practice squads hold 256 developmental players (a whole draft class)--and since there's fairly significant turnover on practice squads, you have well over 300 players a year in that practice squad developmental position.  Having a few more might be nice, but there are only 1696 players on 53 man rosters at any time, so having 256 in the wings developing (and probably close to a hundred on IR and several others on "speed dial") means that there is a fair number of developmental back ups available at any time. Add another 450 or so each year as rookies and there's a pretty good pipeline of talent for NFL teams to choose from. 

     

     

     

     

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