The NFL introduced a new wrinkle on Tuesday in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that affects the practice squad this season.
Teams can now protect four players from the practice squad each week, which means those players can’t sign with another team’s 53-man roster until after that week’s game.
As they prepare to play at Carolina on Sunday, the four players the Las Vegas Raiders protected for this week are: quarterback DeShone Kizer, kicker Dominik Eberle, linebacker Kyle Emanuel and offensive lineman Erik Magnuson.
According to the new coronavirus-era rules: “If, after having been protected, a player is not elevated to his club’s active/inactive list, he is free to terminate his Practice Player Contract to sign an NFL Player Contract with any club upon the conclusion of his club’s game or at 12:01 a.m., on the day following his club’s game, whichever is later.
“If a player is activated, he will have to wait until 4:01 p.m. the next day after he’s reverted to the practice squad to terminate his contract.”
For the first time, teams can protect 4 players per week on their practice squad from being poached. Week 1 protections started coming in today. Among those protected ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 8, 2020
• Bucs QB Josh Rosen.
• Titans QB Trevor Siemian.
• Lions QB David Blough.
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Therefore, these are the players most likely to be promoted by the Raiders this week if they make a move.
The Kizer decision is obvious, since the Raiders only have Nathan Peterman currently backing up Derek Carr. The Eberle move likely means the Raiders want to see him compete with Daniel Carlson and could make a decision before the game at the position.
The Raiders also signed tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith to the practice squad. He was with the San Francisco 49ers during training camp and is massive at 6’7, 345 pounds.