10 NFL Players on the Verge of Losing Roster Spots During Training Camp
Nobody is guaranteed a job. Nowhere is that more true than in the NFL, where many players are perpetually fighting for their professional lives in a league and job otherwise known as the "Not for Long" business.
Former first-round pick? So what? What have you done for me lately?
You're the second-most prolific receiver in NFL history? That's great. Show me what you got.
The NFL is a tough business. Click through to see which players are just trying to stick on their respective rosters.
Jordan Shipley, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
It wasn't that long ago that the Cincinnati Bengals seemed to be checking the scrap heap regularly for playmakers.
Those days are gone.
The Bengals have surrounded Andy Dalton with a bevy of receiving talent. A.J. Green is the unquestioned leader of the group and the Cincy coaching staff fully expects Armon Binns to land the second spot.
Those two, combined with the drafting of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones leaves only a couple spots left. Paul Dehner Jr. sees Jordan Shipley's ACL injury stopping him from wresting the job from Andrew Hawkins and Brandon Tate.
Despite a spectacular rookie year that included 52 catches and 600 yards, Shipley is possibly on his way out of the Queen City. However, he should land on his feet, as there is no way the former Texas Longhorns star clears waivers.
Nick Folk, K, New York Jets
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Although Nick Folk might not be one of them for much longer.
Folk has a kicker battle on his hands due to the presence of Josh Brown. If it wasn't for the aforementioned quarterback, you know the New York media would be beating us over the head with speculation over this competition!
Both kickers had comparable numbers last season, as Folk went 19-for-26 and Brown connected on 21 of his 28 attempts.
It's too close and too early to call right now.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
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Substitute teachers do not make $120,000 a year and third-string quarterbacks certainly don't make $4 million a season.
Yet, that is the exact scenario that the Seattle Seahawks are facing.
Rookie Russell Wilson has been impressive so far, having completed 75 percent of his passes, including one touchdown. In fact, Pete Carroll has already stated that Wilson will play the entire second half while presumed starter Matt Flynn plays the first in the next preseason game.
That's not a good sign for Tarvaris Jackson. Considering the amount of money he is owed, he isn't likely to be traded.
All signs point to T-Jax being released sooner rather than later.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay
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James Starks has a Super Bowl ring.
That's a good thing, because he might not have a job soon.
To make matters worse, the Packers recently signed veteran Cedric Benson. The former Bengal isn't the same guy he was a few years ago, but he's certainly more reliable than Starks.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
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Knowshon Moreno is one of the least likely to be purged from the final roster on this particular list.
That doesn't mean it won't happen.
Moreno performed decently in the first exhibition game, but running for four yards a pop won't leave a lasting impression. Not to mention that he was the third running back who entered the game.
The significance there is that presumed second-string running back Ronnie Hillman was out with an injury. If Moreno is already fourth on the depth chart, there's no certainty that he'll be a Denver Bronco come Week 1.
Josh Johnson, QB, San Francisco 49ers
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Some teams carry two quarterbacks and others carry three. Rarely do they ever carry four.
That's unfortunate for Josh Johnson.
The San Francisco 49ers snapped up the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup signal-caller based on his generally steady performance filling in for Josh Freeman.
However, the Niners haven't been impressed enough to move Johnson up from fourth on the depth chart. He's even behind the ever-replaceable Scott Tolzien.
There are still three games for things to shift, but the season will be here soon. Johnson can't wait too long to make a move.
Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards, WR, Seattle Seahawks
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A few years ago, this scenario would have been crazy.
Well, time has a funny way of changing things.
Terrell Owens is one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history. He ranks just behind Jerry Rice in touchdowns hauled in over a career.
As for Braylon Edwards, he is only a couple years removed from a 900-yard, seven-touchdown season.
Now, only one of them is likely to remain on the Seattle Seahawks roster when things kick off in a few weeks.
Kellen Moore, QB, Detroit Lions
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Winning a ridiculous amount of college games surely means that you will land on an NFL roster right?
Turns out, nobody cares.
If you don't have the arm to make the necessary throws in the pros, or the height to see over the offensive line, you're probably dispensable. The only way to remedy such drawbacks is to perform on the field.
Kellen Moore hasn't done that so far for the Detroit Lions. His first game was a disaster, notching a ridiculous 9.8 quarterback rating.
Some feel that said rating system is overblown. Not in this situation.
Jonathan Vilma, LB, New Orleans Saints
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Nobody can be certain what is happening with the Jonathan Vilma situation right now.
ESPN has reported that the judge presiding over his federal suit regarding a defamation of character allegation seems "inclined to rule in [Vilma's] favor if she were certain she had the jurisdiction to do so." These types of threats should never be taken lightly.
However, if Vilma is reinstated to the New Orleans Saints earlier than planned, he might find there isn't any room for him on a suddenly stuffed roster.
The Saints brought in Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne this offseason. Both represent an upgrade over the aging Vilma.
Would he still justify his two-year, $9.3 million contract? Doubtful.
Almost the Entirety of the New England Patriots Wide Receiver Depth Chart
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After that, it's a bit of a crap shoot. There is no shortage of talent on the current depth chart.
However, if forced to pick the odd man out, it will be Donte' Stallworth.
Bill Belichick isn't above giving second chances to fellows who have found themselves in hot water for one reason or another. Cutting Stallworth wouldn't have anything to do with his past.
The Pats have been nurturing Julian Edelman for awhile and seem to like Matthew Slater. That leaves Stallworth on the chopping block.