The New England Patriots have named their initial 53-man roster for the 2023 season, but like the rest of the NFL, they still need to fill out the practice squad.
That means you can expect 16 players to sign with the Patriots as soon as Wednesday. Most, if not all, will be familiar faces for those who followed 2023 training camp. At least a handful of recently cut players will soon be back in a Pats uniform.
Since 2020, the NFL practice squad has been expanded to 16 players with two elevations allowed per week, and the Patriots have taken full advantage of that.
NFL practice squad rules
Every team has up to 16 practice squad spots to fill, but there are limitations. Mainly, at least 10 players must have two or fewer accrued NFL seasons. Accrual is defined as being on the active/inactive list, injured reserve, or the physically unable to perform (PUP) list for at least six games.
In addition, teams can only carry up to six players with more than two years of experience. That’s how the Patriots were able to carry veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer on the practice squad in recent years, for example.
Offensive lineman James Ferentz is an example of a player we’re projecting to land on the Patriots’ practice squad as a seven-year veteran. But you can also expect plenty of younger guys to make the group.
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