The first round of preseason cuts are quickly approaching for NFL teams (August 26th) as they prepare to solidify their 53-man roster for the season. According to Adam Schefter, at least 64 men across the league will be able to hold on to their NFL dreams:
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
Makes sense if the NFL has 90 man rosters in the preseason, to add 2 additional guys to the practice squad. Simple math
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) August 18, 2014
This is welcome news to teams across the league, but especially the New Orleans Saints. The practice squad gives them the ability to develop raw talent into productive players. Former Saints wide out Lance Moore made the practice squad and eventually became a reliable starter for the Saints.
Last year, Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin was signed to the practice squad. This prevented him from being signed away to the St. Louis Rams when he didn’t make the team’s cut last year. Griffin now appears to be the favorite to back up quarterback Drew Brees.
Stories like Moore’s and Griffin’s are becoming more common in a day and age when you can measure a player’s potential in so many different ways. It’s absolutely essential to build teams the smart way with ballooning NFL contracts as well.
The additional spots give the Saints a bit more flexibility in making hard decisions between competitive preseason position battles. Safeties Marcus Ball and Pierre Warren appear to be competing for the last roster spot at their position. The Saints also have a talented group of receivers to choose between as well.
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