Packers practice squad players are key for team development
GREEN BAY (WBAY) -
The Packers will have to make their first roster cuts after the Raiders game this Friday. The first cut goes from 90 to 75 players and the final cut down to 53 comes a week from Saturday. A few less guys may have to pack their bags and leave town after that final cut down, however. The league announced today that practice squads will go from 8 players to ten this year.
Practice squad players can practice with the team, but do not count against the 53-man roster. It is a valuable tool for a draft and pays dividends into developing a team like the Packers.
"It's an opportunity to keep your players, continue to train them, and it give them an opportunity to have an NFL job," said Mike McCarthy. "We never look at it as just 53 players, we always talked about it as having 61 and I'll be thrilled if it goes to 63."
"Our practice squad guys are told from the very beginning when they sign that practice contract, their job is to get ready to play and help us win," said Packers GM Ted Thompson. "It may be next week, it may be 10 weeks from now but that's what their job is. It's to help us get ready to win games. When we have people get dinged up during the course of the season, we normally, if we can, fill it with one of our practice squad players as opposed to somebody off the street."
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