Near the end of the preseason, NFL fans everywhere spend considerable time predicting which young players each team will sign to the practice squad. The practice squad consists of players with little to no NFL experience that teams hope to develop alongside their 53-man roster. For many years, the practice squad has been limited to eight players. That's about to change, at least according to one report.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that by next week, the league will announce plans to expand the practice squad to 10 players. As Schefter notes, that would represent an increase 64 more jobs for NFL players.
For a team like the Packers who have developed plenty of players through the practice squad, Brandon Bostick and Scott Tolzien being among the most recent examples, two additional spots present valuable opportunities. General manager Ted Thompson, one of the finest talent evaluators in the NFL, has two more spots to stash potential diamonds in the rough. For a team that has endured more injuries than any other franchise in recent years, having two additional players preparing to run their system could be vital.