Good morning. The NFL recently announced that practice squads would be expanded from eight to 10 players for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Under the new rules, the NFL is also expanding eligibility for players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Prior to that, a player who earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for the practice squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club's 46-man game-day roster in each of his accrued seasons.
The expansion of the practice squad will help the San Diego Chargers keep around players battling for spots at the back end of the roster, including running backs such as Branden Oliver and Marion Grice, outside linebacker Tourek Williams or offensive tackle Michael Harris.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com offers a scouting report on the San Diego-San Francisco matchup.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com is bullish on the Chargers for the upcoming season, saying that San Diego can return to the postseason.
According to Forbes magazine, the Chargers are valued at $995 million, No. 26 in the NFL.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland provides some reasons not to get excited about how good teams look in the preseason.