With roster cuts taken care of, on Wednesday the New England Patriots moved onto the next step of getting their roster set for the 2023 NFL regular season – building their practice squad.
Throughout the day signings were reported, and the attendance at Wednesday afternoon’s practice lent clues as to what the group would eventually end up being. On Wednesday night, the team released all 15 practice squad signings in full. Notably, there is still an open spot, meaning the Patriots can made one more addition if they want.
NFL practice squads are made up of a group of players who are under contract with the team, but not a part of the active roster. It used to be there was no way these players could play in games without being signed to the 53-man roster. As of 2020 though, a select number of players each week can be ‘elevated’ from the practice squad for gameday, but each player is limited to a certain number of elevations per season. For 2023, two players can be elevated each week, with each player eligible to be elevated up to three times.
This new flexibility has had a major impact in the way teams construct their rosters early in the season. We’re already seeing that with the Patriots, who kept Mac Jones as the lone quarterback on their initial roster.
Practice squad players are also sort of free agents. Teams around the league can sign any player of their own or another team’s practice squad to their 53-man roster. However, practice squad can’t be signed to another practice squad.
So, who made the Patriots’ initial practice squad in 2023? Let’s take a look…