Official & Unofficial Practice Squad ChatterAugust 31st, 2014
Updated 8:05 p.m. – There’s nothing quite like the magical practice squad (kidding), guys who are allowed to practice a limited amount of time each week with a team’s 53-man roster in exchange for earning roughly $6,000 to $12,000 per week, depending on terms they work out.
These players can be signed away by another team at any time. But if they are, the thieving club must put their new man on the active roster and pay him at least the NFL minimum for three weeks.
Teams can carry up to 10 on their practice squad, and the Bucs have lined more than half so far. Per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune, the Bucs have signed offensive tackle Garrett Gilkey, who spent time with the Browns last year, and Bucs have also re-signed Jeff Demps, TE Cameron Brate, LB Brandon Magee and DL Matthew Masifilo to their practice squad, and a deal for rookie wide receiver Solomon Patton is in the works.
The Bucs have made those names official, and added quarterback Mike Kafka.
Joe will update more here as this sunny Sunday rolls on.
Typically, teams will balance the squad by positions. So look for a defensive end and some defensive backs soon.
The Bucs cleared a 53-man roster spot with the release of backup center Josh Allen.
Cornerback Brandon Dixon, Jets' sixth-round pick this year out of NW Missouri State, has been signed to the Bucs practice squad
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 31, 2014