Though it features unknown players and some unsung heroes, the practice squad is often vital to the success of an NFL team.
These players are not officially part of a team’s 53-man roster, but they can practice with the team and help the rest of the squad get ready for games.
As the team goes through training camp and preseason games this summer, the coaching staff and front office will be working together to create a roster of the best 53 players. Of course, most organizations would like to have more than that, so they can strategically stash players on their practice squad which they can call up to the main roster at any time.
However, these players are unprotected and any team in the league can come and steal players for their own rosters off of these 10-man practice squads.
Before we get into which players could appear on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers, here are the eligibility requirements.
Players can be placed on the practice squad for up to two years. Of the 10 players on the squad, up to four of them can have two accrued NFL seasons in the league. The other six players must have less than six games on the active roster or less than nine games on the 46-man gameday roster.
Players can earn a third year of eligibility as long as the team maintains 53 players on its active roster at all times.
These spots are usually reserved for late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents, but teams have been known to sneak players with playing experience onto their practice squad.
So which players will be on the Chargers’ practice squad? In order to form this list, I used my projected 53-man roster. Obviously, any player who appeared on that roster won’t appear here.