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  1. pats1

    pats1 Moderator PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Thought this was pretty strange:

    http://www.nfl.com/international/story/10250560

    3 divisions means 12 teams, but there are only 11 players. For whatever reason, the Patriots are that last team.

    This program began in 2004, and gives internationally-born players a chance to spend a year on an NFL team's practice squad. These players don't count against the practice squad limit (8), nor can they be promoted to the active roster, claimed by any team, or cut. There are a few divisions assigned each year:

    2004:
    NFC West:
    49ers: Richard Yancy, DB, Germany
    Cardinals: Rolando Cantu, OL, Mexico
    Rams: Peter Heyer, OL, Germany
    Seahawks: Christian Mohr, DL, Germany

    2005:
    AFC West:
    Broncos: Patrice Majondo-Mwamba, DL, Republic of Congo/Belgium
    Chargers: Richard Yancy, DB, Germany
    Chiefs: Peter Heyer, OL, Germany
    Raiders: Michael Quarshie, DL, Finland

    NFC South:
    Buccaneers: Claudius Osei, DB, Germany
    Falcons: Klaus Alinen, TE, Finland
    Panthers: Aden Durde, LB, United Kingdom
    Saints: Anders Akerstrom, DL, Norway

    2006:

    AFC North:
    Bengals: Daniel Watts, DL, United Kingdom
    Browns: Ulrich Winkler, DL, Germany
    Ravens: Samuel Gutekunst, OL, Germany
    Steelers: Marvin Allen, WR, United Kingdom

    NFC East:

    Cowboys: Carl-Johan Björk, LB, Sweden
    Eagles: Christian Mohr, DL, Germany
    Giants: Claudius Osei, DB, Germany
    Redskins: Philippe Gardent, LB, France

    2007:

    AFC East:
    Bills: Daniel Watts, DL, United Kingdom
    Dolphins: Marvin Allen, WR, United Kingdom
    Jets: Iiro Luoto, WR/TE, Finland
    Patriots: NONE

    AFC South:

    Colts: Ben Ishola, DL, Germany
    Jaguars: Samuel Gutekunst, OL, Germany
    Texans: Eduardo Castaneda, LB, Mexico
    Titans: Ulrich Winkler, DL, Germany

    NFC North:
    Bears: Jermaine Allen, RB, United Kingdom
    Lions: Salomon Solano, DL, Mexico
    Packers: Carl-Johan Björk, LB, Sweden
    Vikings: Seppo Evwaraye, OL, Finland
     
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    im not going to loose sleep over it
     
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    It seems likely that they didn't want any.
     
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    What's the advantage to the team if they can't promote them? An extra waterboy?
     
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    #75 Jersey

    It's a strange enough program. Many of those players listed went to NCAA schools and were eligible to be drafted. In fact, I believe at minimum Ishola and Evwaraye were, so it's not like introducing the game to guys who play recreationally in other countries.
     
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    How can one player be on two teams at once? :confused:
     
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    pats1 Moderator PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Osei played for FSU, Majondo-Mwamba for Texas Tech, Quarshie for Columbia, and Akerstrom for Arkansas.
     
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    Different years...;)
     
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    Pujo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Different years.
     
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    Missed that. :bricks:
     
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    I can see how the other teams who don't have the 9th PSquad player wouldn't want these kids promoted. What makes no sense is assigning them to the PS now, why not give them a chance to make the team before putting them on the PS? I'd think the other teams wouldn't kick too hard about a one player exemption for Training Camp/Pre-season. I guess this is a leftover from the NFLE season, now how do they manage this going forward?
     
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    So you have a babysit a player for a year for the small chance that player is worth a contract? Doesn't seem very beneficial for a team to participate in. Give the PS reps to someone who may play in a actual game.
     
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    It's not intended to benefit the individual team, it's part of the effort Tags developed to market the NFL outside the U.S. I'm waiting to see what Goodell is going to do now that NFLE has been killed off - I'm sure all the season ticket holders here will be excited to fly to Berlin for the Pats first "home" game in Europe. Is Miami or NYG the "home" team in London this year?
     
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    Oh, man! I can't BELIEVE the Dolphins got Marvin Allen! :rolleyes:

    Maybe the NFL should stop worrying about international games and think more about 1) making NFL Network available to more markets, 2) making the NFL TV package available on cable as well as satellite dish and 3) putting an end to Thursday, Friday and Saturday games that aren't holidays.

    why dilute the product by goofing with the schedule and adding players who otherwise wouldn't make the league?
     
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    More than likely, BB said "if I can't have Carl-Johan Björk, just skip me."

    KIDDING
     
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