Buffalo Bills: Players in Heated Competitions Who Must Step Up

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Buffalo Bills: Players in Heated Competitions Who Must Step Up
Source: blogs.buffalobills.com

The preseason is half over, meaning the 2012 NFL season is nearly upon us. However, the Buffalo Bills' roster is far from being set it stone.

The first set of NFL cuts are on August 28, when teams must reduce their squads to 80 players. This is when the "obvious" cuts occur. The under-performers, long-shots and incapable players will not survive to August 29th.

The second and final set of cuts on August 31st means an 80 man team will be reduced to a 53 man roster. And this set of cuts is more of a personnel decision rather than a talent factor.

As does every NFL team each year, the Bills have a number of players on the bubble of making the roster. With two preseason games gone and two remaining, these are make-or-break opportunities for a majority of players on Buffalo's roster.

This list looks at five players who have a lot to prove if they intend on surviving the dreaded cut-down day. These players all have talent, but talent doesn't always materialize into a roster spot. Veterans and rookies are all in the same spot as nothing is guaranteed.

If these five players want to make the 2012 Buffalo Bills and keep their NFL dreams alive, they must step up their game and prove their worth.

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