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49ers have league high poached off waivers, retain growing list to practice squad

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Roster cuts have come and gone and now it’s time for Roster Moves Part 2: Practice Squad Boogaloo. With new NFL rules, each team can have up to 16 players on their practice squad, up to six of whom who can be vested veterans.

So far, the 49ers have been subject to poaching at a league-high level. The following players were claimed off waivers: Standout, former Ohio State linebacker Justin Hilliard by the New York Giants, interior offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley by the Seattle Seahawks, and return specialist Nsimba Webster by the Chicago Bears.

With three players claimed off waivers, the 49ers led the league. Seven other teams have two players claimed off waivers, as first noted by Eric Branch.

After the waiver process, the practice squad signings can get going.

So far, the 49ers have reportedly signed at least seven players to their practice squad, including safety Jared Mayden, guard Senio Kelemente, linebacker Elijah Sullivan per Matt Barrows, and tight end Tanner Hudson per Greg Auman also of The Athletic.

Also coming back is quarterback Nate Sudfeld, per Barrows and Jordan Matthews per Tom Pelissero.


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