Today the NFL expanded each teams practice squad, adding 64 more NFL jobs this season. But the expansion could also affect who the coaching staff will keep on the 53-man Detroit Lions roster
Now official: NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to expand Practice Squads to 10 players 2014 and 2015 seasons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2014
The practice squad expansion could be a great opportunity for a few more training camp hopefuls to draw a NFL paycheck. Additionally, practice squad players are usually the first to get called upon when injuries occur.
The expansion could also be bad news for players hoping to make the Detroit Lions roster as it minimizes the risk for making some cuts because teams can now stockpile players on the practice squad. This will most likely affect the Detroit Lions quarterback position.
It has been projected by some beat writers that the Detroit Lions will only keep 2 quarterbacks on the 53-man roster this season. That means both Kellen Moore and James Franklin could be on the chopping block.
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One of the two players will likely be offered a job on the practice squad. That said only one of the players will be willing to accept the assignment. Kellen Moore has three years of NFL experience and even though changes in the rules make him eligible for the practice squad, Moore has the experience and track record to pursue a back-up role with another team. That may be what he chooses to do if he cannot secure a spot on the Detroit Lions roster.