Yes, pressure is a good thing.
It's true that pressure has to exist or be applied in the right way to remain a positive, but in the case of professional football, it's a necessity.
The uncomfortable offseason promised by Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has probably been applied mostly to the fans. Sure, fourth-year head coach Jason Garrett is feeling some heat, but I don't expect his dismissal even if the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year.
What about the players, however,?
There are plenty of prospects and veterans who feel more than warmth to reach expectations this year. The bar isn't set the same way for each player to be listed, but the common denominator is the same for all—win in 2013, or else.
How much truth there is that last statement, I have no idea, but it sounds nice, right?
Oh, and Doug Free doesn't appear on this list because the only kind of pressure he's under is to take a pay cut. The franchise, I believe, has already passed judgement on this situation so Free doesn't have a whole lot to worry about. If he did, the Cowboys wouldn't already be asking him to take less money.
The time for pressure was a year ago where Free is concerned.
Here are 10 NFL players whose time has come to either do what they are believed to be capable of doing in training camp or else bow out.