The NFL and Players Association have agreed to raise the limit on practice squad players for 2014-15, from eight to 10. The developmental squad will return to a maximum of eight after 2015 barring the expanded number being made permanent. The change could be good news for a handful of NFL hopefuls who will be in roster squeezes in the coming couple of weeks.
The added flexibility could come in handy for the Bears. Rookie quarterback David Fales will be a difficult “keep” on the 53-man roster as a third quarterback, and rookie linebacker Christian Jones faces an uphill climb to the final roster because of the stock ahead of him. Former Northern Illinois quarterback, now running back, Jordan Lynch will not factor into the final 53 but could be a practice squadder because of his versatility.
Rookie tackle Charles Leno Jr. has shown promise but the Bears have stocked up on backup tackles with experience (Eben Britton, Michael Ola, Dennis Roland) and Leno has not made an impression at the starter level to this point.