Squad size impact to be felt

One of the most important changes coming out of the league meetingss is the decision to increase the practice squads from five to eight players. Read about the change that will bring the total number of players to 61 during the regular season.

Rules Tweaks for 2004: Practice Squad Increases Could Bring Long-Term Benefits - Denver Broncos.com- Andrew Mason
Monday, April 5, 2004 - When the league meetings concluded in Palm Beach, Fla. on April 1, the rules change that drew the most national attention was the increased penalties for over-the-top touchdown celebrations.b But the tweak that may have the most practical impact on the Broncos and other NFL teams is the decision to increase the practice squads from five to eight players, bringing the total number of players in the locker room to 61 during the regular season.

Rebuilding a rivalry - Kansas City Star - Kansas City Star
Sun, Apr. 04, 2004 - The occasion was yet another festive one at the Denver Broncos headquarters. This time, it was a late March news conference to announce their sixth major acquisition of 2004, the signing of Tampa Bay safety John Lynch. "I sort of like this, us getting together once a week," owner Pat Bowlen told the assembled media. "Reminds me of back in the mid-'90s: Neil Smith, Mark Schlereth, Alfred Williams, Gary Zimmerman. I daydream about that." Bowlen, referring to free-agent signings that helped carry the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl championships, may someday look back at the treasures of 2004 in the same light.

Nate Jackson's NFL Europe Journal – Ready to Go - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
Friday, April 2, 2004 - Some of you may have heard that I broke my pinky on my left hand after the first week of training camp. I came off the line of scrimmage on a pass play and in my way was a yay-high little cornerback. As I swatted at him, my finger got caught in his facemask. So as I turned to run away from him, my pinky stayed in his helmet and snapped just past the knuckle. Ugly little break it was, but it didn't hurt too bad.

Director of Pro Personnel Rick Smith Responds to Your Questions! - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, April 2, 2004 - Few in the Broncos organization have been busier recently than Rick Smith, who begins his fifth year in the team's player personnel department. One of Smith's key tasks is with free agency, specifically to help evaluate the available players from around the league and to assist in contract negotiations. With the acquisitions of players such as John Lynch, Luther Elliss, Raylee Johnson and Garrison Hearst, that alone would keep him busy.

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