PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets talks with special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Hundreds of players have been cut over the last 48 hours. However that doesn't mean they can't or won't make it in the NFL. Some cuts are due to injuries, some are due to a certain team having excellent depth at a certain position and some are just due to the players not quite being ready. This is where the scouting department makes it's money.
At noon eastern time today, teams can start signing players to their 8 man practise squads. So why not just go over the rules for the practice squad to make sure we are all good to go. Players are eligible for the practise squad if they:
- Do not have an accrued season in the NFL
- On An Active list (53-man roster) for fewer than nine games during their only accrued season.
- Players who have served two seasons on a practise squad are eligible for a third season, only if the team has at least 53 players on the active/inactive list for the duration of the players employment.
- A player will have served a season on the practice squad if he were a member of that squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two practise squad seasons.