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Friday, October 18, 2013
Morning Roar: Notes on the practice squad

By Michael Rothstein

Good morning and ROOOOARRR!!!!

The Detroit Lions have made a flurry of practice-squad moves this week, releasing Patrick Edwards from the 53-man roster, signing him to the practice squad, releasing running backs Shaun Chapas and Steven Miller and bringing back cornerback Chris Greenwood.

None of these guys are playing Sundays -- at least not right away -- but it does present an interesting question. After all of the shifting, the Lions now have three wide receivers (Corey Fuller, Jeremy Ross and Edwards) and no running backs on the practice squad. Interestingly, most teams have a running back on its practice squad.

A follower then asked:
@mikerothstein is that a fairly normal mix?

— Dan Jameson (@djameson87) October 17, 2013

 

Looking into it using the rosters available on NFL.com, here's what I found. Six other teams have at least three players from one position on its practice squad. Only one team, Cleveland with four defensive backs, has more than three players from a position group on its practice squad. New England has three offensive linemen and three defensive backs on its practice squad. Pittsburgh has three wide receivers. Denver and Green Bay each have three offensive linemen, and Arizona has three linebackers.

So it isn't completely common, but each team's situation ends up being different and Detroit's wide receiver depth is fairly thin right now.

"You do have to balance the positions of need with the talent and the guys that are in your plans to develop," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We don’t generally keep very many guys. We don’t keep them for very long-term if we don’t feel like we could bring them up to the 53 at some point. Sometimes numbers force you to.

"The guys that are here long-term on our practice squad are guys that we could potentially call up on a Saturday if something happens where someone gets an injury or sick and you have to go to that practice squad.”

And practice-squad questions aside, here's a look at the rest of the Lions news from around the Interwebs: