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(ESPN)   Eric Reid declines offer to join Washington's practice squad: "I just don't think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,''   (espn.com) divider line
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2020-10-28 11:25:14 AM  
No one ever said Eric Reid was dumb
 
2020-10-28 11:27:43 AM  
Reid had 130 tackles, four sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2019. The tackles and sacks are the most by a Panthers safety in one season.
 
2020-10-28 11:40:50 AM  
Well, alright then.
 
2020-10-28 11:57:03 AM  
Homer Simpson's Brain: "Players get hurt, and being on the practice squad enables you to be available to play."
 
2020-10-28 12:51:26 PM  
He's not wrong.
 
2020-10-28 1:03:31 PM  
If I was healthy, 28 years old, and had his resume I would not do it  either. Usually with stories like this I feel the opposite. But this guy is not a practice squad player.
 
2020-10-28 1:32:25 PM  
There are plenty of established veterans on practice squads this year. It's not exactly the same career path of the typical practice squad player most years -- you know, the late-drafted or undrafted rookie who was cut in camp  and has a dream but realistically probably won't amount to anything. If you've been out of work, this is a good chance to work your way back into game shape and get onto the 53-man roster.

Teams also have more flexibility to promote players this year. Normally, the team has to sign a player off the practice squad to the roster and then, if they want to return him to the practice squad, they have to put him on waivers. This allows any team to claim him risk-free. (By contrast, if another team signs a player off another team's practice squad, they have to give him a roster spot for a minimum of three weeks.) But under this year's rules, a team can elevate and then revert a player -- meaning there could be more opportunities for players the team doesn't want to risk losing.

In short, the practice squad is a more attractive proposition for players this year than it is most years.
 
2020-10-28 2:07:21 PM  
He will no longer qualify for unemployment if he turned down job offer.
 
2020-10-28 3:45:43 PM  
He should sign with one of the other teams that's offering him a starting job then.
 
2020-10-28 3:50:20 PM  

Super Chronic: There are plenty of established veterans on practice squads this year. It's not exactly the same career path of the typical practice squad player most years -- you know, the late-drafted or undrafted rookie who was cut in camp  and has a dream but realistically probably won't amount to anything. If you've been out of work, this is a good chance to work your way back into game shape and get onto the 53-man roster.

Teams also have more flexibility to promote players this year. Normally, the team has to sign a player off the practice squad to the roster and then, if they want to return him to the practice squad, they have to put him on waivers. This allows any team to claim him risk-free. (By contrast, if another team signs a player off another team's practice squad, they have to give him a roster spot for a minimum of three weeks.) But under this year's rules, a team can elevate and then revert a player -- meaning there could be more opportunities for players the team doesn't want to risk losing.

In short, the practice squad is a more attractive proposition for players this year than it is most years.


I think this year it is also serving as a pool of players already passed COVID protocols, which is why there's more vets on it.  In normal years, yeah, he could wait in free agency until a team needs his services, get signed and practice/play as fast as a plane can get him there.  This year, however, if he's picked up off the street, there's a delay before he can practice/play because of COVID protocols.  I could be wrong, but I doubt players already on a practice squad would have to wait.
 
2020-10-28 4:01:22 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Reid had 130 tackles, four sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2019. The tackles and sacks are the most by a Panthers safety in one season.


The D-line sucked, so it was up to the safeties and LBs to tackle everyone. The Panthers had a historically bad rush defense last year.
 
2020-10-28 7:21:37 PM  
You are worth what one of 32 teams will pay you.
 
2020-10-28 8:27:00 PM  
So he's pulling a Tebow and doesn't really want to play but wants people to feel bad for him?

No team is going to waste a roster spot while a player goes through protocol for a week, then another week to learn the scheme and try to get into game shape.

Put aside the pride, go on the PS for a week, maybe 2, then go play.
 
2020-10-28 10:54:13 PM  
Some teams are paying players to stay at home and be part of a COVID pool. Keep your pride and get paid.
 
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