Players on an NFL team’s practice squad do the same things as the men on the 53-man roster — they put in the hours on the field, attend team meetings and have their own lockers.
But on Sunday, they don’t sit on the sideline with the rest of the team. Practice squad players can work their way up to the active roster, though, and some do, reports Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“Most players on the practice squad, such as tight end Matthew Mulligan, look at their plight as sort of a post-graduate program where they hone their craft and wait for their opportunity,” writes Fialkov. More