NFC West: Brian De La Puente

NFC West practice squad eligibility

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NFL teams can begin signing eight or fewer players to their practice squads once the players clear waivers Sunday.

Players on practice squads earn $5,200 per week for the 2010 season. The collective bargaining agreement sets the following parameters for eligibility:
  • Players without an accrued season of NFL experience;
  • Free-agent players who were on the 45-man active list for fewer than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season;
  • Players who have not served more than two previous seasons on a practice squad.

According to the CBA, "A player shall be deemed to have served on a practice squad in a season if he has passed the club's physical and been a member of the club's practice squad for at least three regular-season or postseason games during his first two practice squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third practice squad season."

What about bye weeks? More CBA: "A bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular-season or postseason weekend in question."

The first chart shows eligible players released by the Arizona Cardinals. Chris Johnson, Alfonso Smith and Mark Washington were waived/injured. Dean Muhtadi was released from injured reserve.


The second chart shows eligible players released by the Rams.


The third chart shows eligible players released by the 49ers (Brandon Long was released with an injury settlement).


The fourth chart shows eligible players released by the Seahawks (Jonathan Lewis was released with an injury settlement).

Carroll hasn't really left the Pac-10

April, 30, 2010
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The Seahawks have 26 players from Pac-10 schools on their roster heading into their post-draft minicamp.

The rest of the NFC West has a combined 25 players from the conference.

Seattle had more Pac-10 players than most teams even before the team hired Pete Carroll away from USC as head coach.

The numbers have only grown (and I have added the newly acquired LenDale White to Seattle's list).

Update: The team has re-signed safety Lawyer Milloy, formerly of the University of Washington. That makes the total 26.

A look at Pac-10 players from each NFC West team:

Arizona (7)

Quarterback Derek Anderson (Oregon State), quarterback Matt Leinart (USC), safety Matt Ware (UCLA), safety Hamza Abdullah (Washington State), tight end Jim Dray (Stanford), tight end Dominique Byrd (USC) and unsigned restricted free agent guard Deuce Lutui (USC).

St. Louis (7)

Quarterback A.J. Feeley (Oregon), receiver Brandon Gibson (Washington State), running back Steven Jackson (Oregon State), fullback Mike Karney (Arizona State), guard Mark Lewis (Oregon), receiver Jordan Kent (Oregon) and unsigned restricted free agent safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (Stanford).

San Francisco (11)

Safety Taylor Mays (USC), safety Dashon Goldson (Washington), cornerback Karl Paymah (Washington State), linebacker Keaton Kristick (Oregon State), guard Brian De La Puente (California), guard Chilo Rachal (USC), center Eric Heitmann (Stanford), tackle Adam Snyder (Oregon), receiver Kyle Williams (Arizona State), snapper Brian Jennings (Arizona State) and receiver Jason Hill (Washington State).

Seattle (26)

Linebacker Reggie Carter (UCLA), receiver Mike Williams (USC), cornerback Josh Pinkard (USC), receiver Reggie Williams (Washington), receiver Mike Hass (Oregon State), receiver Michael Jones (Arizona State), running back Justin Forsett (California), cornerback Marcus Trufant (Washington State), cornerback Walter Thurmond (Oregon), cornerback Roy Lewis (Washington), safety Will Harris (USC), running back Louis Rankin (Washington), fullback Ryan Powdrell (USC), linebacker Lofa Tatupu (USC), defensive end Dexter Davis (Arizona State), guard Max Unger (Oregon), center Jeff Byers (USC), guard Mike Gibson (California), receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Oregon State), tight end Anthony McCoy (USC), tight end Cameron Morrah (California), defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (California), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (USC), LenDale White (USC), Lawyer Milloy (Washington) and defensive end Nick Reed (Oregon).

Catching up with the Seahawks' cut list

September, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Seahawks Player Released on Cutdown Pos. Current Team Capacity
Brian Russell
DB Jaguars Active Roster
Marquis Floyd
DB Browns Active Roster
Kevin Hobbs
DB Lions Active Roster
Devin Moore
RB Seahawks Practice Squad
Jamar Adams
DB Seahawks Practice Squad
Mike Hass
WR Seahawks Practice Squad
Logan Payne
WR Seahawks Practice Squad
Baraka Atkins
DL -- --
Brian De La Puente
OL -- --
Brandon Coutu
K -- --
Dave Philistin
LB -- --
Jeff Rowe
QB -- --
David Kirtman
RB -- --
Courtney Greene
DB -- --
Nate Ness
DB -- --
Na'Shan Goddard
OL -- --
Andre Ramsey
OL -- --
William Robinson
OL -- --
Joe Newton
TE -- --
Jordan Kent
WR -- --
Courtney Taylor
WR -- --
Cory Withrow
OL -- --
D.D. Lewis
LB -- --

The tough decisions teams face in reducing their rosters to 53 players sometimes aren't so tough.

They were arguably tougher for the Seahawks than for other teams in the division.

Three of the players Seattle released on its initial cutdown to 53 players have joined active rosters elsewhere in the league. Aaron Francisco, cut by the Cardinals, and Phil Trautwein, cut by the Rams, are the only other initial NFC West castoffs to join active rosters for other teams.

Seattle's Brian Russell (Jaguars), Marquis Floyd (Browns) and Kevin Hobbs (Lions) currently reside on active rosters. The Seahawks re-signed to their practice squad running back Devin Moore, safety Jamar Adams, receiver Mike Hass and receiver Logan Payne.

The apparent drama at receiver left Jordan Kent and Courtney Taylor on the outside. Kent reached an injury settlement following his release. Taylor remains available. Neither player has eligibility for the practice squad.

Defensive lineman Baraka Atkins and kicker Brandon Coutu appeared close to earning roster spots. The Seahawks once thought Coutu might have trade value. That wasn't the case in the end.
Ex-Seahawks eligible for
practice squad
Pos.
Jamar Adams
DB
Brandon Coutu
K
Brian De La Puente
OL
Marquis Floyd
DB
Na'Shan Goddard
OL
Courtney Greene
DB
Mike Hass
WR
Devin Moore
RB
Nate Ness
DB
Joe Newton
TE
Logan Payne
WR
Dave Philistin
LB
Andre Ramsey
OL
William Robinson
OL
Jeff Rowe
QB

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


NFL teams can begin forming eight-man practice squads once released players clear waivers this afternoon.

The Seahawks faced tougher decisions on the reduction to 53 players because some of their young prospects, notably receivers Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent, had no remaining eligibility for the practice squad following an injury-plagued 2008 season.

Defensive end Baraka Atkins, cornerback Kevin Hobbs and fullback David Kirtman are also among the recently released Seattle players without eligibility for the practice squad. Receiver Mike Hass also caught some fans' attention.

The chart shows recently released Seattle players who remain eligible. Safety Jamar Adams, kicker Brandon Coutu, safety Courtney Greene, receiver Logan Payne and tight end Joe Newton could be among the candidates.

Seahawks: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Biggest surprise: Starting free safety Brian Russell, signed in 2007 after the Seahawks grew tired of assignment errors in the secondary, seemed to fend off a challenge from versatile backup Jordan Babineaux. That made Russell's release a surprise even though coach Jim Mora had said Babineaux would compete for the job in camp. The team went with Ben Obomanu as its fifth and final receiver, releasing Courtney Taylor and Jordan Kent. Rookie defensive linemen Nick Reed and Michael Bennett joined preseason surprise Derek Walker among 11 defensive linemen, prevailing at Baraka Atkins' expense -- a big surprise. Rookie seventh-rounder Cameron Morrah beat out Joe Newton as the third tight end. Veteran kicker Olindo Mare beat out second-year pro and 2008 draft choice Brandon Coutu in a close battle. The team cleared another spot by placing starting corner Marcus Trufant on the physically unable to perform list, helping corner Travis Fisher earn a spot among the initial roster. Keeping 11 defensive linemen meant keeping only six linebacker, costing versatile veteran D.D. Lewis a job.

No-brainers: The Seahawks also released safety Jamar Adams, guard Brian De La Puente, cornerback Marquis Floyd, tackle Na'Shan Goddard, safety Courtney Greene, receiver Mike Hass, cornerback Kevin Hobbs, fullback David Kirtman, running back Devin Moore, cornerback Nate Ness, tight end Joe Newton, receiver Logan Payne, linebacker Dave Philistin, tackle Andre Ramsey, tackle William Robinson, quarterback Jeff Rowe.

What's next: The Seahawks reduced to 52 players with these moves, but the team was expected to add veteran safety Lawyer Milloy for depth and experience.

Quick note on Seahawks roster moves

September, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The Seahawks placed center Cory Withrow on injured reserve and signed rookie free-agent safety Nate Ness, formerly of the Jets.

Adam Caplan of Scout.com has the report. He refers to the Seahawks' lack of depth on the interior of their offensive line, but I think that's a relative thing. The depth becomes less of a problem as rosters shrink from 80 to 75 to eventually 53 players.

Chris Spencer is injured, but Max Unger, Steve Vallos, Rob Sims, Mansfield Wrotto and Brian De La Puente are all interior players. Tackles Sean Locklear and Ray Willis have experience at guard, although moving them there would leave the team without tackles -- which points to the more serious depth concern for Seattle until Walter Jones returns.

Holding pattern for James, Seahawks

August, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks have released guard Grey Ruegamer and claimed guard Brian De La Puente from the Chiefs, but that might not be the biggest roster move of the day. In other words, the team hasn't announced an agreement with Edgerrin James or made room for him on its roster. Update: James' agent remains at Seahawks headquarters. He had left earlier in the day.

T.J. Duckett, the player seemingly most affected by a potential James signing, was not at practice. Reading between the lines, it's looking like the team is preparing for the possibility of adding James, but nothing is official.

Practice-squad update: 49ers

August, 31, 2008
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49ers eligible for
practice squad
Pos.Current Status
Kentwan BalmerDL53-man roster
Jason HillWR53-man roster
Josh MorganWR53-man roster
Chilo RachalOL53-man roster
Reggie SmithDB53-man roster
Cody WallaceOL53-man roster
Thomas ClaytonRBPractice squad
Dominique Zeigler
WRPractice squad
Atiyyah EllisonDLPractice squad
J.J. FinleyTEPractice squad
Louis HolmesDLPractice squad
Larry GrantLBPractice squad
Joe ToledoOLPractice squad
Jay MooreLBInjured Reserve
Brian de la PuenteOLClaimed by Chiefs
Robert OrtizWRWaived
D.J. ParkerDBWaived
Chris PatrickOLWaived
Jerard RabbWRWaived
Ricky SchmittPWaived
Markus CurryDBWaived
Cameron Colvin
WRWaived
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' practice squad began to take shape when the team signed six players released Saturday.

San Francisco carried only five defensive linemen and five receivers on its 53-man roster. Those are low figures.

The defensive-line number reflects Justin Smith's status as an outside linebacker. Still, the 49ers signed two defensive linemen to their practice squad. A third released defensive lineman, LaJuan Ramsey, does not have practice-squad eligibility.

The chart shows every 49ers player with practice-squad eligibility.

The 49ers will presumably add to their numbers at receiver. Cam Colvin appeared to be a candidate for the practice squad, but the 49ers did not sign him immediately.

The team described veteran receiver Ashley Lelie, released Saturday, as a potential injury risk. Carrying him on the opening-day roster would have forced the 49ers to guarantee his salary. It's unclear if San Francisco might re-sign him heading into Week 2. The 49ers might not want him now, but can they find anyone better?

Losing Brian de la Puente probably hurt a little, but the 49ers had to keep second-round choice Chilo Rachal and fourth-rounder Cody Wallace. De la Puente started an exhibition game at guard for the 49ers this summer, but he was undrafted, so he goes.

Update: The 49ers added Joe Toledo to their practice squad Monday, Sept. 1, Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com notes.

Practice-squad report: 49ers

August, 29, 2008
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49ers eligible for
practice squad
Pos.Probable Status
Kentwan BalmerDLKeeper
Jason HillWRKeeper
Josh MorganWRKeeper
Chilo RachalOLKeeper
Reggie SmithDBKeeper
Cody WallaceOLKeeper
Larry GrantLBKeeper
Thomas ClaytonRBLikely cut
Cameron ColvinWRLikely cut
Markus CurryDBLikely cut
Brian de la PuenteOLLikely cut
Atiyyah EllisonDLLikely cut
Joe Jon FinleyTELikely cut
Louis HolmesDLLikely cut
Jay MooreLBLikely cut
Robert OrtizWRLikely cut
D.J. ParkerDBLikely cut
Chris PatrickOLLikely cut
Jerard RabbWRLikely cut
Ricky SchmittPLikely cut
Joe ToledoOLLikely cut
Dominique ZeiglerWRLikely c
ut

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The chart shows each of the 49ers' players with practice-squad eligibility, according to the team.

Practice-squad rules can be confusing, and exceptions sometimes apply to relatively experienced players.

I've categorized each player based on his perceived likelihood of earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Those are rough characterizations. Teams still have not made decisions. It's conceivable that a player listed as a "keeper" could face his release.

As noted: Rosters spots are serious business for NFL players lacking job security. For some, the next 30 hours or so will determine whether they'll earn $17,352.94 per week or whatever the real world pays.

The minimum NFL salary is $295,000. Players get paid in 17 installments, one for every week they spend as a paid member of the organization.

NFL teams must trim rosters from 75 players to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Teams can establish eight-man practice squads beginning Sunday. Practice-squad players earn a minimum of $5,200 per week during the regular season and playoffs.

Once a player signs with a practice squad, he can practice with the team. He becomes eligible to play in games only if a team signs him to its 53-man roster. Practice-squad players are free to sign with any team's active roster at any time during the season.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic takes a stab at the Cardinals' 53-man roster. He favors Sean Morey over Lance Long for the sixth receiving spot. He saves a spot for Pat Ross because the team is low on depth at center. He can't find a spot for Joe Tafoya. He makes room for Monty Beisel and Ali Highsmith.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says safety Eric Bassey might have earned a roster spot after forcing a fumble in the Rams' final exhibition game. I figured Bassey would make it anyway given depth issues in the secondary. Center Nick Leckey was the only projected opening-day starter to play for the Rams in this game.

Also from Thomas: Running back Steven Jackson can void the final two years of his new six-year deal by averaging 1,200 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving over the first four seasons.

And this from Thomas: The Rams' radio headsets did not work against the Chiefs. Coach Scott Linehan: "We are running plays like they do in high school."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' special teams struggled against the Chiefs. That can happen with so many backups playing. Kicker Josh Brown missed a 40-yard field-goal try. That would have been no big deal in the past, but money changes everything. Coats: "In a downpour, Brown pushed the ball wide right, a rare miss for the highest-paid kicker in NFL history."

Also from Coats: Marques Hagans caught four passes for 47 yards in a last-ditch effort to secure a roster spot at receiver.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with the Seahawks' bubble players. The situation at receiver continues to intrigue. Farnsworth expects Bobby Engram and Deion Branch to miss the regular-season opener.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune expects Justin Forsett to play extensively with the Seattle starters tonight. The rookie running back has been working with the first unit in practice this week. Forsett appears headed to the practice squad if the Seahawks cut him.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times describes Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu as confident despite weak preseason stats. Obomanu, who is on the bubble for a job at receiver, put it this way: "Catching passes in a preseason game doesn't always tell the story of whether you're doing a good job." Obomanu caught eight passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the 2007 exhibition season. Each of those figures led the team. He earned a roster spot but was not active for the regular-season opener.

Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star covered Trent Green's return to Arrowhead Stadium, but there wasn't much to see. The Rams gave Green three snaps, then replaced him with Brock Berlin.

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read takes a closer look at the team's receivers. How bad were they last season? Well, three NFL players finished with more receiving yards than the 49ers as a team in 2007. Brown lists the current receivers in this order: Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson, Arnaz Battle, Josh Morgan, Ashley Lelie, Jason Hill, Dominique Zeigler, Cam Colvin, Jerard Rabb and Robert Ortiz. I might put them in this order: Bruce, Battle, Johnson, Morgan, Hill and Lelie. And I do think the 49ers want to keep six, a good number for the Mike Martz offense.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider projects five receivers hanging around on the 49ers' cutdown to 53 players. At other positions, he expects Moran Norris and Marcus Hudson to miss the cut.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee outlines positions of interest heading into the 49ers' final exhibition game: receiver, fullback, outside linebacker and defensive back. He thinks Roderick Green and Tully Banta-Cain will stick around.

Also from Barrows: an in-depth look at the 49ers' defensive linemen. He sticks up for rookie first-round choice Kentwan Balmer. I see his point. Balmer plays a low-profile position (defensive end in a 3-4 scheme). He's not going to gain much notice even if he's playing well. Ask Bryant Young. He became invisible when the 49ers went from 4-3 to 3-4, but that didn't mean he was playing poorly. The position simply specializes in grunt work.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says this is a brutal time of the year for players on the bubble. But as J.T. O'Sullivan has proved, persistence can pay off. NFL teams have waived O'Sullivan five times, Maiocco notes.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' starting offense might play only a series in the exhibition finale. FitzGerald's bubble players include: Norris, Thomas Clayton, Ashley Lelie, Roderick Green, Larry Grant, Marcus Hudson, Zeigler and Brian de la Puente.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Scott Linehan is feeling good upon hearing news of Steven Jackson's return from a holdout. Also: The Rams say 93 percent of season-ticket holders renewed despite a 3-13 record last season.

Jeff Gordon of STLtoday.com says Jackson was in a lose-lose situation before "coming to his senses" and reporting to "honor his old contract" while the team works toward a new one. I don't think Jackson would be reporting without a new deal being imminent. The Rams' offense was not going to scare anyone without Jackson.

Matt Maiocco of the Instant 49ers says the team will start undrafted rookie free agent Brian de la Puente at left guard against the Bears on Thursday. Maiocco also has a story on veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes. Spikes was interested in learning about the 49ers' offense -- not just its defense -- before signing with the team.

Bob Young of the Arizona Republic calls out Anquan Boldin over the receiver's stance in contract negotiations. Young notes, interestingly, that Larry Fitzgerald went out of his way to praise coach Ken Whisenhunt for helping him get a new contract. Fitzgerald and Whisenhunt even went to an NBA game together. Might Boldin feel as though Whisenhunt hasn't done as much to help him get a new deal?

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are looking to draw better. Let me rephrase that. The Cardinals have actually drawn well at their new stadium. It's the draw play they're looking to improve heading into the season. Also, former Seahawks receiver Jerheme Urban seems to have solidified his hold on a roster spot, perhaps as the third or fourth receiver. Rookie Early Doucet makes his exhibition-season debut this week, but he has much ground to make up. The Cardinals drafted Doucet to replace Bryant Johnson, who signed with the 49ers and, like Doucet, also missed much of camp with a hamstring injury.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer answers readers' questions, including one about the situation at receiver. He likes Logan Payne's chances, adding: "There's starting split end Nate Burleson and Courtney Taylor, the starting flanker until either Branch or Engram can return. There's also Ben Obomanu, who isn't taking advantage of the extra chances he's getting. There's Jordan Kent, an impressive athlete who has made some nice catches but still drops too many balls -- including one in an against-air drill Wednesday morning. Payne is a tough (he's practicing and playing with a crack rib), sure-handed, can contribute on special teams and also help fill the void in the slot until [Bobby] Engram comes back."

Michael Steffes of Seahawks Addicts lays out a plan for how the Seahawks can best maximize roster spots based on injuries to Deion Branch and Bobby Engram. He favors recommitting to the run early in the season, which would justify carrying an extra running back (Justin Forsett). This would also help Matt Hasselbeck stay healthy while making good use of the one area Seattle spent the most resources upgrading this offseason: the rushing attack.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune was there when Seahawks punter Ryan Plackemeier blasted three consecutive punts off the same beam suspended 110 feet from the floor of Seattle's new indoor facility.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Pass-rush drills make for some of the most entertaining spectating at NFL training camps.

Seattle's Rocky Bernard took down center Steve Vallos with a powerful move at Seahawks practice this morning. Down the coast, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee provided a scorecard for the pass-rush drills between the Raiders and 49ers today

I went through and totaled up the results: The 49ers' Joe Staley went 2-0 in his matchups against the Raiders' defensive linemen. Teammate Barry Sims went 2-0-1. The 49ers' Jonas Jennings went 1-0. Teammate and fellow offensive lineman Joe Toledo went 1-0-1.

For the Raiders, defensive tackle Josh Shaw went 3-0, beating Adam Snyder twice and Tony Wragge once. Raiders defensive linemen Terdell Sands went 2-0 against the 49ers. Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly went 2-0-1. No player participated in more than three matchups.

The 49ers' Chilo Rachal, Damane Duckett and Eric Heitmann each won two of three.

Additional results, first for the 49ers: Adam Snyder (1-2), Brian De La Puente (1-1), Cody Wallace (2-2), Alan Reuber (0-1-1), John Booker (0-1-1) and Tony Wragge (0-2). For the Raiders: Gerard Warren (1-2), Derrick Gray (1-2), Greg Spires (0-2-1), William Joseph (1-2), international player Mauricio Lopez (0-2), Jay Richardson (1-1), Trevor Scott (0-2-1), Greyson Gunheim (1-0-1), Kalimba Edwards (0-2), Derrick Burgess (0-1).

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