Originally Posted by texasguy346
They're looking for players that might not make the cut here that the Pats can put on their practice squad. I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few other NFL team scouts there also. I believe that you cut the players who won't be on the 53 man roster, and then the entire NFL can sign any of the players you cut to their practice squad. The players that clear you can sign back to your practice squad, and/or any players cut by other teams.
The problem with signing other teams players to your practice squad is they haven't had practice time with your team. One of the values of a practice squad player is that he has been through mini-camp and training camp with you ... he knows the system and the personalities of your organization. He can help the next morning as a practice player. You'd really have to feel they were much better than the guys you drafted and you've been working with and yet in some case you passed on drafting them?
The teams all have about 90 players who are going through all this preparation now. If they have 52 roster players 'set' it seems like a real failure to me if they can't justify picking one more of the other 40 or so you worked with for months for that last spot on the roster.