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Steelers Players Eligible For 2014 Practice Squad


With the Pittsburgh Steelers reporting to Latrobe for training camp on Friday, it’s time to look ahead at the players that will be eligible for the practice squad should they ultimately not make the final 53 man roster.

First, here’s a look at what the CBA has to say about who is and isn’t eligible for the practice squad.

(a) The practice squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a practice squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment.

(b) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club’s physical and been a member of the club’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (A bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)

Going by the rules laid out above, I have identified 44 players on the Steelers current 90 man roster that will be eligible for the practice squad and that list of players is below.

Many of you are probably wondering why players such as wide receiver Derek Moye and quarterback Landry Jones are still eligible even though both were on the Steelers 53 man roster for the entire 2013 season. The reason they’re both still eligible boils down to the fact that neither have been active for nine games in a single season as of yet. Moye, for example, only dressed for seven games last season while Jones was inactive for all 16 games.

Remember late last season when the Steelers signed safety Ross Ventrone to their practice squad? As soon as that happened, Ventrone used up his final year of practice squad eligibility. In other words, his NFL career will likely be over for good if he fails to make the Steelers final 53 man roster.

In case you have forgotten, Ventrone is perhaps the all-time king of the transaction list moves since he originally signed with the New England Patriots way back in April of 2010. For entertainment purposes, I have included all of the roster moves that have included him over the years at the very bottom of this post.

Steelers Players Eligible For 2014 Practice Squad

# PLAYER POS EXP
13 Dri Archer WR/RB R
87 Rob Blanchflower TE R
10 Martavis Bryant WR R
61 Chris Elkins OL R
18 C.J. Goodwin WR R
49 Jordan Hall RB R
79 Ethan Hemer DE R
67 Wesley Johnson OL R
34 Howard Jones LB R
8 Brendon Kay QB R
71 Josh Mauro DE R
62 Emmanuel McCray OL R
74 Daniel McCullers DL R
62 Roy Philon DT R
31 Shaquille Richardson CB R
50 Ryan Shazier LB R
65 Will Simmons G R
? Lew Toler CB R
91 Stephon Tuitt DE R
80 Eric Waters TE R
56 Jordan Zumwalt LB R
33 Alvester Alexander RB 1
15 Justin Brown WR 1
88 Danny Coale WR 1
42 Jordan Dangerfield S 1
45 Bryce Davis TE/LS 1
74 Chris Hubbard G 1
65 Al Lapuaho DT 1
30 Miguel Maysonet RB 1
45 Dan Molls LB 1
19 Kashif Moore WR 1
17 Lanear Sampson WR 1
30 Devin Smith CB 1
9 Brad Wing P 1
69 Brian Arnfelt DE 2
92 Hebron Fangupo DT 2
39 Isaiah Green CB 2
3 Landry Jones QB 2
14 Derek Moye WR 2
38 Tauren Poole RB 2
71 David Snow C/G 2
67 Nick Williams DE 2
49 Vic So’oto LB 3
51 Sean Spence LB 3

Career Transactions Of Ross Ventrone

DATE TRANSACTION
12/31/2013 Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers to a future contract.
12/13/2013 Re-signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the practice squad.
8/31/2013 Waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1/2/2013 Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
9/1/2012 Released by the New England Patriots.
8/27/2012 Waived by the New England Patriots.
2/7/2012 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
12/28/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
12/26/2011 Waived by the New England Patriots.
12/17/2011 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
11/24/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
11/22/2011 Waived by the New England Patriots.
11/21/2011 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
11/17/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
11/15/2011 Waived by the New England Patriots.
11/12/2011 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
11/9/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
11/3/2011 Waived by the New England Patriots.
10/19/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots.
10/17/2011 Waived by the New England Patriots.
10/8/2011 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
10/4/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
10/1/2011 Released by the New England Patriots.
9/24/2011 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
9/5/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
9/3/2011 Released by the New England Patriots.
8/29/2011 Re-signed by the New England Patriots.
8/9/2011 Released by the New England Patriots.
1/18/2011 Signed by the New England Patriots from the practice squad.
10/19/2010 Re-signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad.
9/4/2010 Released by the New England Patriots.
8/23/2010 Signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots.
8/15/2010 Waived by the New England Patriots.
4/25/2010 Signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots.

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  • Skinny Merlino

    Villanovas finest

  • IckyD

    Ventrone deserves a shot just out of sheer desire- he’s a modern-day “Rudy”!

  • Lil Smitty

    Do you think Tomlin would put him in if everyone would chant. VEN – TRONE?

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    Definitely feel for Ventrone. Guy gets released more than a 9 inch Largemouth at a fishing tournament.

  • NW86

    This will be a useful post as we discuss who makes the 53 over the next month, thanks!
    Although I knew about the new rules allowing inactive players to still be eligible, it’s easy to forget that players like Moye, L. Jones, Fangupo, etc. are still eligible.

  • D.j. Hoy

    Spence is still eligible. Wow. I still think he will make the final 53 if his knee holds up, but if for some reason he doesn’t I think someone would scoop him up before he made practice squad.

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