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NFL to reportedly increase practice squad rosters

The reported growth in NFL practice squads from eight to 10 spots may not seem like much, but for a team in rebuilding mode like the Jaguars, it could be a huge help.

Rob Foldy

On Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the NFL is one week away from expanding the current practice squad rosters from eight to 10 spots.

Who's eligible for practice squads? In short, a player has to have not been on a team's 46-man active game-day roster for more than eight games in any accrued seasons, and cannot have been on a practice squad for more than two years. But for a full list of the NFL practice squad bylaws, click here.

Two spots may not seem like a big deal, but for the Jacksonville Jaguars it could allow for general manager Dave Caldwell to experiment in the draft and select more players like Denard Robinson who are changing positions, and could all but eliminate the need to carry more than two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

If the changes go through next week, as Schefter guessed, it could give the Jaguars another two spots to stash away depth at center, guard, LEO, or cornerback without having to give them one of the final spots on the active roster.

If the new rule goes into effect by next week, it'll be just in time for the final cut downs before players are released and practice squad rosters are filled.