The San Francisco 49ers have officially placed 10 players on their practice squad, per various sources and reports. Niner Noise breaks down each transaction.
A number of players from the San Francisco 49ers offseason roster have landed on the team’s practice squad.
The NFL upped the number of players teams can keep on a practice squad to 10. Previously, back in 2013, only eight players could be kept.
"Here’s the breakdown of practice squad eligibility, courtesy of David Fucillo of Niners Nation: In order to be eligible for the practice squad, players must meet one of the following requirements:"
"Have no prior Accrued Seasons in the NFL (An accrued season is six or more games on the active roster);"
"Have one prior Accrued Season in which the player was on the 45-man active roster for no more than 8 games;"
"Each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of 4 Practice Squad players who have earned no more than 2 accrued seasons of free agency credit;"
"If served two seasons on a practice squad, are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player’s employment."
"A player has served one season on the practice squad if he is on the practice squad for at least 6 games. The rule previously required 3 games on the practice squad roster."
Practice squads are designed to give developing players a chance to hone their skills at the NFL level without having to count against a team’s 53-man roster or various other injury lists.
So let’s look at players the Niners managed to get onto their practice squad for 2016.
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