SUMMIT, NJ - Ryan O'Malley, Summit High School Class of 2011 -- who was signed to a free agent contract in late April by the Oakland Raiders -- has been added to the team's NFL practice squad. O'Malley was among the final cuts when the Silver and Black announced their 53-man regular season roster, which included three tight ends.
O'Malley was one of eight players signed to the Raiders' practice squad, and was in uniform and saw game action in all four of the team's preseason games. One of six tight ends that began training camp with the team, he caught two balls for 11 total yards.
"Of course I would have loved to have made the 53-man roster, but being on practice squad is a great first step in what I hope is a long career in the NFL," said O'Malley. "I'm excited and thankful to the Raiders organization for this opportunity to continue to grow and develop as a player."
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In the NFL, practice squads consist of up to 10 players who practice with the team throughout the week but are not eligible to be active on game days. Teams often use practice squads as a way to develop players they feel have potential, investing in them and maintaining a group who are familiar with their system, providing a smooth transition in the event of injuries.
Four of the 10 practice squad spots can be filled by players who had two or more years of experience on an NFL roster, with six weeks practice squad time equaling one full season of practice squad eligibility. A player can spend no more than three seasons on any practice squad.
While a team can pay practice squad players as much as they like, the minimum is $6,900 per week, which would amount to $117,300 if they were on the practice squad for the entire season.
A practice squad player can be signed by another team, providing the signing team adds the player to its 53-man roster. The player can get cut after just one week, but would receive three game checks. A practice squad player cannot be signed to another team’s practice squad.
O’Malley earned All-Ivy League honors in both 2014 and 2015, while he and his Penn teammates captured the 2015 Ivy League title, a feat he and the Quakers also accomplished in 2012.
In 2015, the 6'7", 265-pound O'Malley caught 20 passes for 202 yards and scored three touchdowns. His longest catch of the year was a 25-yarder, he averaged 10.1 yards per catch, and scored a 14-yard touchdown against Cornell in the Ivy League clincher. For his Quaker career, O’Malley caught 43 balls for 495 yards and nine touchdowns.
O'Malley was a four-year member of the Summit High School Football Team as a wide receiver and defensive end. He was part of the Hilltopper team that captured the State Championship n 2009.