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The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

Life on the Detroit Lions practice squad means always knowing you aren't good enough to beat out a Matt Millen draft pick.

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8 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2007, 7:18pm

1 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by PatsFan // Nov 01, 2007 - 3:12pm

Nice find!

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2 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by PatsFan // Nov 01, 2007 - 3:13pm

Do practice squad salaries count against the cap? I'm curious because it seems every year the Patriots have one or two PS players who are given (low end) active-roster-level salaries.

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3 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by mmm... sacrilicious // Nov 01, 2007 - 3:15pm

Cool article.

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4 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by Toxikfetus // Nov 01, 2007 - 3:25pm

What do practice-squad cheerleaders look like? Beards? Peg-legs? Grossly misshapen heads, a la Sloth from The Goonies?

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5 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by Sam // Nov 01, 2007 - 3:37pm

2:

In 2001, the collective salary of the PS guys counted against the cap (http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=1499) but that was a case where all of them made the PS minimum. Now the practice squad rules have changed since then (8 guys instead of 5... not sure if anything else has changed) so it's possible the salary doesn't count. But I'm guessing that it does.

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6 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by GoBigRed // Nov 01, 2007 - 4:25pm

The practice squad does count against the cap. Click my name for patscap.com. The best unofficial salary cap site on the web (for the Patriots).

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7 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by James, London // Nov 01, 2007 - 4:44pm

Really good article. What proportion of practise-squaders actually stick on a roster? I'm willing to bet it's not high.

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8 Re: The Secret World Of The Practice Squad

by MarkV // Nov 01, 2007 - 7:18pm

7: That depends on the team and position. Denver is the team I follow and they inevitably sign to their PS
1) A FA rookie from either CU or CSU
2) 2 O-line prospects.
3) other practice squad players.

Number 2 will almost always make their roster (at least for a year as a backup), number 1 has a good chance after two years on the practice squad and the others hardly ever unless really brutal injuries hit.

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