With their initial 53-man roster set, the Detroit Lions went to work Sunday putting together their 10-man practice squad.
This season, the NFL expanded the practice squad from eight to 10 players and tweaked some of the eligibility requirements surrounding the practice squad. It now allows a much greater pool of talent to be included among the practice-squad players.
Teams are now permitted to carry up to two players on the practice squad with two accrued seasons of free agent credits,
“I think it’s a good thing,” head coach Jim Caldwell said of the expansion of the practice squad. “I think it gives more opportunities for guys.
“Oftentimes, you end up releasing players that you‘d like to keep around in your organization so this will give us a chance to keep a couple more and obviously it gives a little more flexibility in at least two of the ten than we’ve had previously, so that’s a good thing.”
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Winn is a power back and a good insurance policy should anything happen to
Igwenagu was claimed off waivers just last week, but apparently showed enough promise in his short time on the roster that coaches would like to take a further look at him.
Peacock caught eight passes for 74 yards in the preseason and showed an ability to separate and get open. He had a good training camp in a crowded receiver corps.
The practice squad allows teams to hold onto developmental players with upside who aren't quite deserving of a spot on the 53-man roster just yet.
A player must have a minimum of six games – up from 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 eligibility.
Practice squad players earn a minimum of $6,300 per week, which totals $107,100 for a 17-week stint.