In a rule change that could take effect as soon as next week, the NFL is in the process of possibly creating 64 more jobs for players within the league. The NFL is looking to expand the practice squad so that teams will be allowed to increase their practice squads from 8 to 10 total players.
With each team adding two more practice squad eligible players, this is creating 64 more jobs, technically. Where it hurts is the older veteran free agent players that are not considered eligible for the practice squad and in turn would have to compete against 2 or more in house players for those spots.
This move will allow teams two more players that are up and coming youngsters on their overall rosters, which will also allow for a deeper reserve for teams with players that know their schemes already.
If an injury occurs, 2 additional players to choose from with little to no time to get up to speed could really make an impact for some of these teams.
As of right now this rule could be ratified by next week. As it stands, the first cut for rosters is coming in a week. Teams have to have their rosters down to 75 players by 4pm Tuesday Augusts 26th and then ultimately down to the 53-man roster by the following Saturday at noon. On Sunday, August 31st, teams can begin to sign their practice squad players so this rule needs to be passed and in effect in 12 days.