The Miami Dolphins on Sunday announced seven of the eight spots for their 2011 practice squad. All seven of the players signed on Sunday were among the 27 roster moves the Dolphins completed yesterday.
As we discussed earlier this week, the 2011 NFL Practice Squad rules allow for the naming of eight players, all of whom have to have cleared waivers, to a team's practice squad. This practice squad allows for a team to continue to develop a player, while not utilizing a 53-man roster spot.
However, those players are able to work out agreements with teams to gain a spot on their 53-man roster.
As was in yesterday's post:
"A player may only be assigned to a practice squad if they have less than one year accrued playing time in the NFL, of they were not on the active roster for more than nine total games in the NFL. Also, a player may only be placed on the practice squad for two years, although a third is authorized if a team has a full 53 man roster throughout the practice squad player's time on the squad."
Make the jump to see the first seven slots on the Dolphins' practice squad:
QB Pat Devlin
RB Nic Grigsby
OT D.J. Jones
The eighth slot was left open. It could be filled by NT Frank Kearse, or the Dolphins could be looking at available players to bring in for the spot. I am surprised that cornerback Nate Ness didn't appear on the squad. Either this means the Dolphins have given up on him actually becoming a 53-man roster player, or he was claimed off waivers by someone. We'll have to see as the waiver requests are announced throughout the day.