Starting at noon August 31st the New England Patriots can build its practice squad, which can consist of up to ten players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad.

Below are the criteria for eight of the ten players:

  1. A player who has not accrued a season of NFL experience is eligible for the practice squad. (e.g. a rookie).
  2. A free agent who was active (46-man game-day roster) for fewer than nine games during their accrued season(s) is eligible for the practice squad (e.g. Steve Beauharnais).
  3. A player cannot be on a practice squad for a third season unless his team has a full 53-man roster.

Note that a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Two of the ten players can have up to two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.
Reminder – In order to be placed onto the Patriots practice squad, the player must first clear waivers.

This year practice squad players will be paid a minimum of $6,300 a week, an increase from $6,000 last year. $6,300 * 10 players * 17 weeks= $1,071,800.

Here is the list of all practice squad eligible Patriots on the team’s current roster and the reason why they are eligible.

  1. Chris Barker (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  2. Malcolm Butler (Rookie)
  3. Braxston Cave (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  4. Jordan Devey (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
  5. Dominique Easley (Rookie)
  6. Cameron Fleming (Rookie)
  7. Darius Fleming (No accrued seasons)
  8. Tyler Gaffney (Rookie)
  9. Jimmy Garoppolo (Rookie)
  10. Josh Kline (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  11. Zach Moore (Rookie)
  12. Sealver Siliga (Patriots must have a full 53-man roster since Siliga has played on a practice squad for two seasons)
  13. Bryan Stork (Rookie)
  14. Brian Tyms (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
  15. James White (Rookie)

These players are now eligible because of the change of rules on August 19th

  1. Brandon Bolden (two accrued seasons)
  2. Joe Vellano (one accrued season)
  3. James Develin (one accrued season)
  4. Aaron Dobson (one accrued season)
  5. Ryan Allen (one accrued season)
  6. Jamie Collins (one accrued season)
  7. Chris Jones (one accrued season)
  8. Logan Ryan (one accrued season)
  9. Duron Harmon (one accrued season)
  10. Michael Buchanan (one accrued season)
  11. Chandler Jones (two accrued seasons)
  12. Donta’ Hightower (two accrued seasons)
  13. Tavon Wilson (two accrued seasons)
  14. Nate Ebner (two accrued seasons)
  15. Alfonzo Dennard (two accrued seasons)

Below is a list of practice squad players who were waived by the Patriots in 2014 and are not on another team

    1. Ben Bass (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
    2. Steve Beauharnais (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
    3. Jake Bequette (Two accrued seasons with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
    4. Josh Boyce (one accrued season)
    5. Ja’Gared Davis (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
    6. Kannoris Davis (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
    7. Roy Finch (Rookie)
    8. Jeremy Gallon (Rookie)
    9. Shamiel Gary (Rookie)
    10. Jonas Gray (No accrued season. One practice squad season)
    11. Jon Halapio (Rookie)
    12. Travis Hawkins (Rookie)
    13. Justin Jones (Rookie)
    14. Tyler Ott (Rookie)
    15. Charley Hughlett (no accrued seasons)
    16. Tyler Beck (Rookie)
    17. Jeremy Deering(Rookie)
    18. Mark Harrison (no accrued seasons)
    19. Derrick Johnson (Rookie)
    20. Steve Maneri (two accrued seasons)
    21. Eathyn Manumaleuna (Rookie)
    22. Chris Martin (Rookie)
    23. Taylor McCuller (Rookie)
    24. James Morris (Rookie)
    25. Daxton Swanson (One accrued season with less than 9 games on 46-man roster)
    26. Jemea Thomas (Rookie)
    27. L.T. Tuipulotu (Rookie)
    28. Kyle Auffray (no accrued seasons)
    29. Reggie Dunn(Rookie)
    30. R.J. Mattes (no accrued seasons)
    31. Deontae Skinner (Rookie)
    32. Wilson Van Hooser (Rookie)
    33. Asa Watson (Rookie)
    34. Reese Wiggins (Rookie)
    35. DL Seali’i Epenesa (Rookie)
    36. WR Cole Stanford (Rookie)
    37. Jerel Worthy (one accrued season)

    Greg Orton, Cameron Gordon, and Tyler Gaffney are ineligible since they are on Injured Reserve on July 28th. Chris White and Marcus Cannon are ineligible because they have 3 accrued seasons apiece.