Giants Practice Squad Signings, Rules

[Note by Ed Valentine, 09/04/11 2:12 PM EDT : I see you guys have turned this into a practice squad open thread. Which is cool, since it was intended for that, anyway. Go for it, and keep updating it yourselves with the signings.]

NFL teams will begin putting their eight-man practice squads together today. The New York Giants have already added three players to their squad, per Jeff Roberts of the Bergen Record.

Defensive end Justin Trattou, defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks and tight end Christian Hopkins have all cleared waivers and been added to the practice squad.

I know there is always confusion about the practice squad rules. SBNation.com recently posted the complete practice squad rules, and it's worth a look if you are not sure how practice squads work.

Here is the essential information:

Eligibility for the practice squad is limited to players who do not have an accrued season in the NFL, or were on an active list (53-man roster) for fewer than nine games during their only accrued seasons. Players that have served two seasons on a practice squad are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player's employment.

A player will be considered to have served on a practice squad in a season if he were a member of a practice squad for three regular or postseason games during his first two practice squad seasons, or for one regular season or postseason game during a third practice squad season.

The key thing to remember is that if a player has been around for a couple of seasons he is most likely not practice squad eligible. The practice squad is for young, developmental players. Not for guys to make a career out of.

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