Practice Squad Elevation Tracker: Week 4

Last week Troy brought up an interesting point about use of the elevation rule and the use on vets vs non-vet players so I thought we could look that up this week. Thus far there have been 113 players who have been elevated. Of those players 34 are veterans, so about 30% of call ups are veterans and 70% are those who would be eligible for waivers. This is pretty much right in line with the typical NFL roster construction. Thus far the ratio of 1 time to 2 time call ups is about 2 to 1 for each group so both groups are being treated equally which I think debunks my theory that termination pay could be a reason for the use on some veterans.

Thus far the NFL average is to have used the elevation 4.6 times per team. The teams who have used it the most are the Jets and Broncos at 8 (they are the only max out teams) with the 49ers, Bengals, Chargers, and Jaguars all tied at 7. The Steelers are the lone team to not use it while the Dolphins and Chiefs have only used it one time. The teams most likely to use it on veteran players have been the 49ers, Saints, and Football Team. The 49ers lead the way with 6 veteran elevations (4 different players), with the Saints at 5 elevations (3 players) and the Football Team with 4 elevations (2 players). 11 teams do not have a veteran elevation this year.

Here is the current list of players who have been elevated. For players who have been elevated two times with one team they are ineligible to be elevated a third time.

NameTeamPositionTime Elevated
Hroniss Grasu49ersC2
Joe Walker49ersLB2
Freedom AkinmoladunBengalsEDGE2
Trayvon HendersonBengalsS2
Deon LaceyBillsLB2
LeVante BellamyBroncosRB2
Derrek TuszkaBroncosEDGE2
Robert JacksonBrownsCB2
Cyril GraysonBuccaneersWR2
Kenjon BarnerBuccaneersRB2
Jonathan WardCardinalsRB2
Darius BradwellChargersRB2
Eric SmithCowboysLT2
Grayland ArnoldEaglesS2
Deontay BurnettEaglesWR2
Joshua GarnettFootball TeamRG2
Jared NorrisFootball TeamLB2
Cam SimsFootball TeamWR2
Sean ChandlerGiantsS2
Ben EllefsonJaguarsTE2
K.C. McDermottJaguarsLT2
Josh AdamsJetsRB2
Lawrence CagerJetsWR2
Josh MaloneJetsWR2
John LovettPackersTE2
Reggie BonnafonPanthersRB2
Nick ThurmanPatriotsDE2
Khalil DorseyRavensCB2
Jordan RichardsRavensS2
Bennie FowlerSaintsWR2
Margus HuntSaintsEDGE2
C.J. ProsiseTexansRB2
Jeremy McNicholsTitansRB2
Cameron BatsonTitansWR2
Mark FieldsVikingsCB2
George IlokaVikingsS2
JaMycal Hasty49ersRB1
Dontae Johnson49ersCB1
Jamar Taylor49ersCB1
Tyler BrayBearsQB1
Cairo SantosBearsK1
Devante BondBearsLB1
Amani BledsoeBengalsDT1
Kahlil McKenzieBengalsRG1
Torry McTyerBengalsCB1
Cameron LewisBillsCB1
Andre SmithBillsLB1
Justin ZimmerBillsDT1
P.J. LockeBroncosS1
Jake RodgersBroncosRT1
Josh WatsonBroncosLB1
Kevin Toliver IIBroncosCB1
A.J. GreenBrownsCB1
Tanner HudsonBuccaneersTE1
Mazzi WilkinsBuccaneersCB1
Jace WhittakerCardinalsCB1
Jordan ThomasCardinalsTE1
Ryan GroyChargersC1
Tyron JohnsonChargersWR1
Gabe NabersChargersTE1
Cole TonerChargersRG1
Jahleel AddaeChargersS1
Braxton HoyettChiefsDE1
Farrod GreenColtsTE1
Marcus JohnsonColtsWR1
Deante BurtonCowboysCB1
Brandon CarrCowboysCB1
Tae HayesDolphinsCB1
Iosua OpetaEaglesLG1
Trevor WilliamsEaglesCB1
Delrick AbramsFalconsCB1
Tyler HallFalconsC1
Johnny HoltonGiantsWR1
Austin MackGiantsWR1
Chad SladeGiantsRG1
Ryan LewisGiantsCB1
Nathan CottrellJaguarsRB1
Mike GlennonJaguarsQB1
Aldrick RosasJaguarsK1
Lamar JacksonJetsCB1
Jimmy MurrayJetsC1
Kevin StrongLionsDT1
Dee VirginLionsCB1
Kenny WigginsLionsRG1
Jonathan WilliamsLionsRB1
Tipa GaleaiPackersEDGE1
Willington PrevilonPackersDE1
Billy WinnPackersDE1
Woodrow HamiltonPanthersDT1
Chris OrrPanthersLB1
Nick FolkPatriotsK1
Xavier WilliamsPatriotsDT1
Isaiah ZuberPatriotsWR1
Keelan DossRaidersWR1
Kyle EmanuelRaidersLB1
Madre HarperRaidersCB1
Theo RiddickRaidersRB1
Javin WhiteRaidersLB1
Marquise CopelandRamsDE1
Juju HughesRamsS1
Natrez PatrickRamsLB1
Terrell BondsRavensCB1
Garrett GriffinSaintsTE1
Ken CrawleySaintsCB1
Shaquem GriffinSeahawksLB1
Gavin HeslopSeahawksCB1
Ryan NealSeahawksS1
Chad WheelerSeahawksRT1

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