NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The expansion of NFL practice squads from eight to 10 players also comes with a special exemption for two of the 10.
The criteria for practice-squad eligibility have been altered in two respects.
From the NFL announcement:
First, 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.
Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than 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.
Which Titans are now eligible for those two special slots?
Receiver Michael Preston, fullback Collin Mooney, defensive end Lavar Edwards and cornerback Micah Pellerin appear to be in line for such eligibility, though we have not yet gotten final confirmation from the league.
Preston is the one most in question.
"That's great," Preston said of the potential eligibility. "But I am hoping it doesn't get to that point. Hopefully I can do some things in these games coming up and keep doing some things in practice so I don't have to consider that option.
Final roster cuts are August 30. Teams can sign unclaimed players to their practice squads starting a day later.