It's more than two months from when the 49ers must trim their roster to 53 players and you're already making cuts in your head. For shame! But if you must engage in this game of July GM, you ought to know who is eligible for the practice squad. Generally speaking, here's who can be on the eight-man squad:
â€¢ A. Players who do not have an accrued NFL season of free agent credit; or
â€¢ B. Players who have one or more accrued seasons, but who were on the 45-player Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during each of such accrued seasons; or
â€¢ C. Players who have not been on a practice squad more than two seasons
Obviously, all rookies are eligible, although I will bet you my mortgage - please, take it - that Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Taylor Mays and Navorro Bowman won't be on it. Speaking of Davis, agent Drew Rosenhaus this morning tweeted that the No. 11 pick had switched agents from Sanat Shah (A UVA guy) to Rosenhaus.
I don't think that Dominique Zeigler is eligible this year because he spent time on the practice squad from 2007-09. Here are the other veterans who are eligible. Remember, to put a player on the practice squad, a team first must release him, wait for him to clear the waiver wire and then sign him to the practice squad. That is, there is always a risk another team will pick up a promising player (rhymes with Phallix Swoon).
Brian de la Puente
By my calculations, kicker Shane Andrus also is eligible. But kickers are rarely kept on the practice squad because they are readily available should the regular kicker go down.
-- Matt Barrows