Frequently asked silly questions (SQ) and smart-aleck responses (SAR)
SQ1: What happens if the practice squad is completely used up?
SAR1: So what? Fire the conditioning coach, for having too many injuries. Seriously, you can still sign players that were never under contract during summer camp, so there is no real shortage of players.
SQ2: Well, what if you run out of quarterbacks?
SAR2: Then sign Cody Kessler, Eli Manning, or Colin Kaepernick. It’ll work out. If we are talking an emergency fifth-string quarterback, there are any number of candidates. It’s not like NFL teams are normally well prepared if this happens.
SQ3: Won’t teams have too many players at some positions and not enough at others?
SAR3: Life is rough all over. GMs want to have the security blanket of falling back on the morass of random talent among the pool of 1,500 players who get cut, but in reality, they cannot just dial-up star players on the waiver wire, though they may all think they can.
SQ4: Would it make sense to increase the number of practice squad players:
SAR4: Sure! But for this article, it was decided to make the number of players and the costs come out exactly the same, at least for now.
SQ5: What about the cases in which the game-day roster is allowed to grow to temporarily grow to 48, and the active roster to 55?
SAR5: That’s true. This year there are special rules to temporarily promote certain players, especially offensive linemen such that the game-day roster can increase from 46 to 48 and the active roster from 53 to 55. However, the Dalai Lama and Dr. Anthony Fauci are the only two humans smart enough to explain the circumstances under which this can happen, so for this article, I am not even going to attempt it.
SQ6: What about kickers?
SAR6: I think I would let them kick in the pre-season, because each kick is potentially career-determining, and they really mean something in the pre-season.
So I would not protect the kicker or punter or long snapper in the top 40.