With training camp opening for the New England Patriots in just a little over a month, it's time to begin weighing position battles and getting a sense of the most interesting storylines that will emerge in August.
Of course, with this comes the players who are on the bubble—players directly affected by a great practice or preseason game or an injury to someone else at their position. Players who will have to excel and make an impression, by any means necessary.
The Patriots have a number of young talented players, in many cases, ones who were drafted in the first few rounds but are still trying to prove themselves and carve out a role.
Here's eight Patriots who are right on the bubble of the final 53-man roster.