It's that day.
For many young men, their NFL dream is about to end. All four teams in the AFC South will suit up tonight for the fourth preseason game, and many of the players do so knowing it will be the last time they wear an NFL uniform.
For a few more, today will be the most stressful day of their lives as they desperately try to swim upstream and use their final moments in the spotlight to claw their way onto a roster.
Today's feature article comes from Ryan Riddle of Bleacher Report, who takes us all inside the mind of a bubble player on cut day. It's an exquisite piece, and deserves your attention.
One of the things I hate about about the fourth preseason game, besides the insane price of the tickets, is that it's so unnecessary. While I'm sure there is a spot here and there that does come down to the wire, the truth is that there are two roster cut days for no reason other than to line the pockets of NFL owners.
Every team has at least 15 players on it who are "dead men walking." The coaches have already definitely decided to cut them come the reaping hour of 4 p.m. August 31. Their midnight reprieve of having survived the first wave of cuts is only because the NFL needs someone to play in the crap-fest that is preseason Week 4.
I doubt those men mind that they are being used so roughly.
For players like Darius Reynaud, profiled here by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, it's one more moment in the sun. It's one last chance to put down some tape that they can carry with them to their next shot at the NFL or to their next life as one of us.
Here's the rest of what's good today in the South
Steve Shackleford of Cold Hard Football Facts previews the AFC South.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com recaps his camp visits.
Pro Football Reference has a new tool. Use it wisely.
Mike Tanier, one of the great writers around, previews the AFC South for Sports on Earth.
Tom Gower of Total Titans won't believe in a pass rush until he sees it.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports breaks down the deal for Vontae Davis.
Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority has a great look at Davis by the numbers.
Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says Maurice Jones-Drew won't be traded.
Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union says Jones-Drew is losing ground.
John McClain of The Houston Chronicle says this is a last chance for guys on the bubble.
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