The National Football League is expected to raise the number of players on the practice squad from 8 to 10 before the end of the month. That’s good news for 64 players and all 32 teams – especially teams like the Packers that are loaded with young talent.
Here’s a way too early projection as to which 10 players might comprise this year’s PS:
OT AARON ADAMS: There’s an outside chance he could make the 53, but for that to happen he’ll need to play a lot better than he did last week. A second season on the PS seems much more likely.
WR KEVIN DORSEY: He’s probably been too inconsistent to make the 53, but last year’s seventh-round pick has done enough good things to keep around. And that’s pretty much the exact definition of a PS player.
OLB ADRIAN HUBBARD: Tough call, but the former Alabama star took reps ahead of Carl Bradford all summer. Besides, a GM probably isn’t going to cut a fourth-round pick unless he’s already given up on the player.
RB RAJION NEAL: He might’ve pushed DuJuan Harris for a spot on the 53 had he not suffered a knee injury. Instead, he’ll likely wind up on the PS – unless he goes on injured reserve or gets claimed on waivers.
OLB NATE PALMER – He could easily make the 53, but because he’s still eligible for the PS and because he’s probably more likely to get through waivers than Jayrone Elliott, I think the Packers could go in this direction.
TE JUSTIN PERILLO: If Jake Stoneburner doesn’t make the 53, he could grab this spot, but the undrafted free agent from Maine is the type of player who just screams PS. Extremely raw, but catches almost everything.
DE LUTHER ROBINSON: In a more fair world, he’d take third-round pick Khyri Thornton’s spot on the 53, but that’s not going to happen. If the undrafted free agent gets released, it wouldn’t shock me to see him claimed on waivers.
WR GERRARD SHEPPARD: I prefer Alex Gillett, but general manager Ted Thompson loves big receivers and coach Mike McCarthy loves anyone who can play special teams.That’s two checks for the former Raven.
ILB JOE THOMAS – Like Neal, he might’ve made the 53 had he not gotten injured. But the PS is the perfect place for him. The former South Carolina State star needs to get bigger if he’s going to survive in the NFL.
DB RYAN WHITE – I’m projecting either Demitri Goodson or Jumal Rolle to make the 53, and the other to get claimed on waivers. That’ll leave a spot open for a player who showed improvement throughout the summer.
*I wanted to find a spot for Gillet, corner Antonio Dennard, center Garth Gerhart and safety Tanner Miller, but even with the additional two spots, there’s just not enough room to keep all the good young talent.