Desperation is nearly in the air for some around the NFL. For others, training camp is no big deal.
Just look at Jared Allen.
Last week he told NFL.com that he would "unfortunately" be ready for training camp in Mankato, Minn.
His roster spot is set. He's been a Viking for five seasons, knows the defense and knows his role.
The purpose of training camp for him is to simply get in shape and get re-acclimated.
Meanwhile, others are fighting for their football lives.
Training camp is make or break for the undrafted free agents that Minnesota has signed this offsseason. That's a given.
Since most of them won't make the team, are they worth your time and mine to review? You can decide for yourself, but I don't think so.
The following five players are all assured of roster spots and most of them will be major contributors.
But they're official role is still up in the air. This training camp is their time to demonstrate that they should be starters even though not all of them will be.
It's time to put up or shut up and accept a lesser role.