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2018 Patriots roster cuts: How does the practice squad work

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it mean for New England? The New England Patriots are in the process of setting their first 53-man roster and they will soon also be able to establish their practice squad. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET today Limited Malcolm Mitchell Jersey , they will be adding up to ten players who will serve both as a scout team for the regular season and as depth in case of injury. Most of their released players are potential candidates, like cornerback Cyrus Jones, defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, and quarterback Danny Etling.So, what exactly does this mean? Let’s find out.What is the practice squad?Each team is allowed a group of up to ten players who do now count against the 53-man roster. The practice squad is used, typically, to develop younger guys, while also giving the team itself a group of players who are used to replicate the offense or defense of the up coming opponent.Who is eligible to join the practice squad?The NFL’s practice squad rules are two-fold. For six of the 10 players, the following criteria have to be met (via the Boston Sports Journal’s Miguel Benzan):An accrued season, per the NFL’s definition, is a season of six or more games on either a team’s 53-man roster, or on injured reserve, or on the physically unable to perform list.The other four players on the practice squad are allowed to have up to two accrued seasons. Without this exception, players that have earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a spot unless they spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of the accrued seasons.How much does a practice squad player get paid?Practice squad players receive a weekly salary, though there are no guarantees tied to it. The minimum salary defined in the collective bargaining agreement is $7,600 per week for 2018, or $129,200 for the year. It is possible that teams pay a practice squad player more than that, though, which teams will do when they like a player and are trying to keep him with the squad. The practice squad salaries count against a team’s salary cap.What is poaching?The NFL allows practice squad players to be signed by other teams, if they are going to put them on their 53-man rosters. When this happens Devin McCourty Jersey , the player in question receives a guaranteed three-week salary and is added to the 53-man roster for at least three weeks – even if the team decides to release him before the three weeks are over.What if a team promotes their own practice squad player?A team can choose to sign their own practice squad player to the 53-man roster as well. Often, a team will use the practice squad to keep depth in case of injuries, so they will call up players if an injury occurs. Teams will also call a player up to the 53-man roster if they feel another team is trying to poach a player the original teams wants to keep.When can teams start signing practice squad players?Typically, any player who has cleared waivers and fits the eligibility criteria, can sign with a practice squad. A player who is released from a practice squad is also free to sign with another practice squad. When it comes to the final round of roster cuts – which happened yesterday – the league starts the practice squad signing an hour after the waiver period ends. That means that teams can start signing players to the practice squad as of 1:00 p.m. ET today.Which Patriots are eligible?The following Patriots roster cuts can potentially be added to the practice squad after getting released yesterday:What’s wrong with the Patriots? The Patriots are reeling after getting embarrassed by the Lions on Sunday Night Football. They’ve lost two straight games for the first time since 2015, and they’re starting 1-2 for the first time since 2012. After the game, Bill Belichick said that they have to improve everywhere, and that’s definitely true. There are, however, some specific areas in which the team really needs to improve. Run DefenseThe Patriots have been completely unable to stop the run. This is surprising because I consider their front seven as a unit to be a strength. They have a ton of depth and talent on the defensive line, so there’s no reason why they should be getting pushed around like they have been. The blame goes to the line and the linebackers, who have been allowing huge cutback lanes for the backs in the last two weeks. Getting back Trey Flowers and Patrick Chung, who sometimes acts as another linebacker, will help, but the unit as a whole just needs to start playing better. Passing GameI’m not going to single out the receivers here. The whole unit has been very underwhelming. Tom Brady has yet to eclipse 300 yards passing in a game, and already has two interceptions in three games, which is uncharacteristic of him. Right now, there’s no one other than Rob Gronkowski that has any chance of beating man coverage. If I were playing the Patriots, I’d run man and double Gronk, and they’d never have a chance. This problem should be alleviated if Julian Edelman comes back the same player he was before his injury last season. And if Josh Gordon can get it together and actually be a factor, then this offense could really be dangerous. For me Authentic Julian Edelman Jersey Salute to Service , it’s disappointing to find out that Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan are simply pieces that need better players around them to be successful. Play CallingThis is one that people have been bugged about for a while now. Some of the calls that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels makes are head scratching. He’ll call the same running play a few times in a row, whether or not it works. Then on 3rd and short with the offense struggling to get anything going, he’ll call a run off the guard that loses two yards. It just makes no sense at all. He’s certainly dialed up some great plays here, but it seems that he has a very hard time getting the offense going if it isn’t clicking. Not sure if this one is going to change, but I know I sure hope he’ll step his play calling up. SpeedThey say speed kills. Well, so does lack of speed. The Patriots have looked slow on offense and defense the past two weeks after looking solid against the Texans in the opener. There are certainly players banged up or suspended that will help when they come back, but the entire team looked to be moving in wet cement Sunday night. Dont’a Hightower in particular has looked like he’s lost a step, which would be a massive blow for a team that desperately needs a playmaker on defense. Sometimes, if you’re thinking too much and not just playing, you can play slower than you actually are. Let’s hope that’s what is going on here, and the coaching staff can figure it out. Because otherwise, it’s going to be a very long season, and the Patriots won’t be going far. There’s too much speed in the NFL, and AFC, for you to be able to compete without good team speed yourself.This week is as close to a must-win as you can have this early in the season. Lose and you’re 1-3 with 3 straight losses, and, more importantly, you’re down three games to the Dolphins. That absolutely cannot happen – so expect them to bounce back and play well. If we know their season is on the line, so do they, and you can bet the farm they won’t just roll over the way they have the last few weeks. Pat is the host of the Weekend Warrior PodcastInteract with him on Twitter @wtplane



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