Originally Posted by Mister Friendly
I believe hes saying there's a lot NFL prospects who could develop in solid NFL contributors if the roster size was larger.
You have to think the NFL doesn't have a minor league system like the other Sports do. Teams play guys they got off other teams practice squads or even guys they got off the streets.
You have to think if roster space wasn't so precious, more teams could take time and develop guys.
Remember Tom Brady rookie season he was initially kept around as a 4th string quarterback, which is very rare.
Thank you for a readable and coherent response.
NFL doesn't have a minor league system because unlike any other American sport, college football alone actually does a fairly decent job of producing talent. Not that it's perfect, but it is a system that puts NFL ready talent on the field.
But that has nothing to do with the point. The NFL isn't a developmental league, whether it should be or not is a different discussion.
The question was will increasing roster side raise the current level of play.
The answer is no. At least not in terms of immediate benefits on Sundays, which is what the whole discussion was about. Adding 15 guys to the roster so players are fresher wouldn't raise the level considering those 15 just aren't up to the standard.
Tom Brady is the exception not the rule. There aren't 50 guys out there who are NFL ready, who aren't in the league simply because they didn't get the chance. Much less 15, or 5, for every NFL roster.
Again, the topic wasn't development. Dude basically said the league needs more players because players are so fatigued over the course of the game that the level drops (which isn't true).
My only point, adding X amount of players who currently aren't good enough for 53-man rosters and making them available on game day will NOT raise the level of play in the NFL.