Practice Squad Elevation Tracker

The new CBA brought a new wrinkle into the practice squad rules, allowing teams to elevate players to the active roster without having to ever terminate a practice squad contract. This is important for teams because it gives them a chance to avoid waivers for players they want to protect from being poached by another team. It also allows them to use a veteran player for a week while avoiding the required termination pay guarantee that usually comes with a veteran contract.

The catch is that a team can only use the designation two times per year on the same player (this limit per player does not cross teams). At that point the teams will need to execute regular contracts with the player and if they want to avoid him being claimed will need to keep him on the 53 man roster.

Thus far 28 teams have elevated at least one player in the first two weeks of the season. The exceptions are the Dolphins, Falcons, Steelers, and Raiders. 10 teams have taken full advantage of the rule in these first two weeks of the year, giving themselves a 55 man roster to select from on Sundays.

The most popular positions to elevate are running back (10), wide receiver and cornerback (9), safety (7), defensive tackle and tight end (6 each). The top ones makes sense as these are positions that require a lot of depth and many of these positions also double on special teams.

We’ll update the list of players on OTC each Sunday so if you want to see who is no longer eligible check out our updated list each week.

PlayerTeamPositionTimes Elevated
Hroniss Grasu49ersC2
Trayvon HendersonBengalsS2
Derrek TuszkaBroncosEDGE2
Robert JacksonBrownsCB2
Cyril GraysonBuccaneersWR2
Cam SimsFootball TeamWR2
Sean ChandlerGiantsS2
Ben EllefsonJaguarsTE2
Josh AdamsJetsRB2
Josh MaloneJetsWR2
John LovettPackersQB2
Jordan RichardsRavensS2
Jeremy McNicholsTitansRB2
Dontae Johnson49ersCB1
Cairo SantosBearsK1
Devante BondBearsLT1
Freedom AkinmoladunBengalsEDGE1
Amani BledsoeBengalsDT1
Cameron LewisBillsCB1
Andre SmithBillsLB1
Justin ZimmerBillsDT1
Deon LaceyBillsLB1
LeVante BellamyBroncosRB1
P.J. LockeBroncosS1
Tanner HudsonBuccaneersTE1
Mazzi WilkinsBuccaneersCB1
Jordan ThomasCardinalsTE1
Darius BradwellChargersRB1
Ryan GroyChargersC1
Gabe NabersChargersTE1
Braxton HoyettChiefsDE1
Farrod GreenColtsTE1
Brandon CarrCowboysCB1
Eric SmithCowboysLT1
Iosua OpetaEaglesLG1
Trevor WilliamsEaglesCB1
Jared NorrisFootball TeamLB1
Chad SladeGiantsRG1
Ryan LewisGiantsCB1
Nathan CottrellJaguarsRB1
Mike GlennonJaguarsQB1
Kevin StrongLionsDT1
Dee VirginLionsCB1
Kenny WigginsLionsRG1
Jonathan WilliamsLionsRB1
Tipa GaleaiPackersEDGE1
Willington PrevilonPackersDE1
Woodrow HamiltonPanthersDT1
Nick FolkPatriotsK1
Nick ThurmanPatriotsDE1
Xavier WilliamsPatriotsDT1
Marquise CopelandRamsDE1
Natrez PatrickRamsLB1
Bennie FowlerSaintsWR1
Margus HuntSaintsEDGE1
Chad WheelerSeahawksRT1
Anthony RushSeahawksDT1
Scottie PhillipsTexansRB1
C.J. ProsiseTexansRB1
Nick WestbrookTitansWR1
Cameron BatsonTitansWR1
Mark FieldsVikingsC1
Hardy NickersonVikingsLB1

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