By 12:00 p.m. CDT today, NFL teams have already trimmed their rosters to 53 players, have sifted through the waiver wire, and can now sign players to their practice squad. Last season, the Texans saw LaTroy Lewis, David Quessenberry, Bryce Jones, Chad Slade, Chris Thompson, and Gimel President move from the practice squad to the 53-man roster at some point. This year, some of the loose teeth hanging in the mouth of Houston’s roster will make the jump as well.
If you aren’t familiar with what the rules of practice squad eligibility are, check out this article on SB Nation by Jeanna Thomas. If you don’t want to do that, the Sporting News wrote an excellent summary on practice squads as well. See below, and read the piece if you want some clarity on what goes on this time of year.
For 320 players, getting cut this week won’t be the end of the road in the NFL, as each team is granted 10 practice squad players in addition to its 53-man roster.
At 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, a full hour after the waiver claim period following roster cuts ends, teams are able establish their 10-man practice squads. Per the NFL: “No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL Player Contract has been terminated via the waiver system.”
An NFL practice squad typically is made up of rookies and undrafted free agents who the team recently cut. Each team can carry up to four veterans — who can have no more than two accrued NFL seasons (six games on 53-man roster qualifies as an accrued season) — on its practice squad, and a player can’t be on a given practice squad for more than three seasons. Practice squad players are not eligible to play in games. Teams can sign players from other teams’ practice squads as long as the players are added to the new teams’ 53-man rosters (active/inactive).
Hang out here for updates throughout the day as we track each of the Texans’ practice squad signings. If you see a tweet or report about Houston agreeing to terms with a particular player for their practice squad that hasn’t yet made its way to the main body of this post, please leave it in the Comments.
In the meantime, are there any players do you want to see the Texans target for their practice squad?
UPDATE: THINGS ARE HAPPENING.
Texans sign CB Andre Chachere to practice squad— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 2, 2018
UPDATE II: MORE THINGS ARE HAPPENING.
The @HoustonTexans also signed the following eight players to the practice squad:— Texans PR (@TexansPR) September 2, 2018
OLB Davin Bellamy
CB Andre Chachere
C/G Kyle Fuller
T Roderick Johnson
NT Darius Kilgo
TE Matt Lengel
G/T Chad Slade
WR Jester Weah
UPDATE III: Confirmation via press release...