Patriots eligible for practice squad

June, 18, 2013
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The Patriots' roster currently stands at 88 players, two shy of the maximum allowable limit of 90 during this portion of the offseason. By the time training camp concludes, the team will begin the process of shaving its roster down to 53 players, which must be done by Aug. 31 this year.

Starting Sept. 1, teams can construct their practice squad, which consists of up to eight players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad, however, as there are specifications, highlighted below:

1. A player who has not accrued a season of NFL experience is eligible for the practice squad. (e.g. a rookie).

2. A free agent who was active (46-man game-day roster) for fewer than nine games during their accrued season(s) is eligible for the practice squad (e.g. Jake Bequette).

3. A player cannot be on a practice squad for a third season unless his team has a full 53-man roster.

Here is the list of all practice squad eligible Patriots on the team's current roster, with his accrued season total in parentheses:

Wide receiver Kamar Aiken (1)
Punter Ryan Allen (0)
Defensive lineman Armond Armstead (0)
Fullback Ben Bartholomew (0)
Linebacker Steve Beauharnais (0)
Defensive end Jake Bequette (1)
Wide receiver Josh Boyce (0)
Defensive end Michael Buchanan (0)
Linebacker Jamie Collins (0)
Safety Kanorris Davis (0)
Wide receiver Aaron Dobson (0)
Cornerback Ras-I Dowling (2)
Offensive tackle Elvis Fisher (0)
Tight end Brandon Ford (0)
Defensive lineman Marcus Forston (0)
Defensive lineman Cory Grissom (0)
Defensive back Duron Harmon (0)
Wide receiver Mark Harrison (0)
Offensive tackle Kevin Haslam (3)
Defensive back Brandon Jones (0)
Offensive lineman Josh Kline (0)
Offensive lineman R.J. Mattes (0)
Offensive lineman Chris McDonald (0)
Defensive back Stephon Morris (0)
Defensive back Logan Ryan (0)
Center Matt Stankiewitch (0)
Tight end Zach Sudfeld (0)
Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (1)
Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (0)
Defensive end Jason Vega (0)
Defensive lineman Joe Vellano (0)
Running back George Winn (0)
Long snapper Mike Zupancic (0)
Offensive lineman Markus Zusevics (1)
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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