NFL Expands Practice Squads To 10 Players For 2014, 2015 Seasons

Teams will be allowed to keep 10 players on their practiced squad in 2014 and 2015 thanks to the owners passing a measure that was presented to them by the NFL Competition Committee.

Below is a copy of the release of the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA and it means that 64 more players will have work throughout the season. You will also note a few changes as it relates to what counts as a year being served on the practice squad as far as eligibility goes.

While this new agreement only runs through the 2015 season, it’s hard to see it not becoming permanent in the future.

As far as what this change means for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you now have to think that third-string quarterback Landry Jones is a serious candidate for the 2014 practice squad. Jones has had a miserable showing so far during the preseason and it’s hard to envision any team wanting to claim him off waivers in order to stash him on their 53 man roster as a developmental quarterback.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to expand NFL Practice Squads for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Absent an extension of the agreement, the current rules will be reinstated beginning with the 2016 season.

Under the agreement, 2014 and 2015 Practice Squads will increase from the current maximum of eight players to 10 players.

In addition, the criteria for Practice Squad eligibility has been expanded in two respects.

First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.

All other practice squad rules under Article 33 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement will remain in effect during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

  • 2443scott

    some where some player is calling his family saying i think i just made the team on the practice squad

  • JohnB

    one of those spots is just screaming “Laaaaandry….Laaaandry”


    I really hope not, as he has shown that he is not even worthy as a developmental pick at this point…find someone else…even Batch would be better at this point. Go Steelers!

  • Ray

    If someone claims Landry Jones they can have him…Look at the other 4th round QB’s in 2013, Tyler Wilson on his 3rd team, Ryan Nassib is behind Curtis Painter and struggling and Matt Barkley has been below average stuck behind Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez
    Don’t waste draft picks on crappy quarterbacks

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think I just heard a few rookies jump for joy.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ryan Nassib is said to be doing quite well and will most likely be the #2 QB this year but in general the 4th pick isnt a good position to pick a QB. I felt he was a good bargain at the time but hind sight is the best sight and so far he has been awful. Hope he turns it around because I have backed the kid thus far.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Before trying to move Landry Jones to the practice squad, the Steelers need to have a replacement in mind if he happens to get picked up. Who would it be?

  • Melly

    ill take randel el over landry jones ANY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Louis Goetz

    They get $80K a year for being on the practice squad, which sure beats the alternative for a 20-something year old kid fresh out of college.

  • Louis Goetz

    If a team signs Landry Jones from the Steelers’ practice squad, he has to be put on their 53-man roster for the entire season. Every team in the NFL has four QBs in camp right now and it’s pretty safe to say that at least two of them are playing better than Landry Jones is for the Steelers. So, what team would want to poach Landry Jones other than maybe the Hamilton Tigercats, who just lost Dan LeFevour for the year due to a torn ACL?

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  • steeltown

    Connor Shaw

  • It’s good for the Steelers and good for the league. Absent a true developmental league, which would be great to see, both the main rosters and practice squads should be expanded: more jobs, more time to develop, better insurance in case of injury, etc.

    As for Landry, yes, I hope he ends up as one of the 10. But even then, it might soon be time to go looking for a new #3.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    no question about that.