With training camp for the Dallas Cowboys kicking off in just a couple of days, there will be no shortage of evaluations to make. For at least eight rather visible players, this could be bad news if they can't stake their claim to an active roster spot in Oxnard, California.
Some of these players that are on the bubble are young, others might be late bloomers and still others are just getting old.
The Cowboys finally seem to have some valuable youth emerging as a result of better drafting and smarter selections following the draft. Free agency wasn't much of a factor this offseason, but it was kind of a waste a year ago and the franchise will have to decide on whether or not some of those investments are still worth the expenditure.
The NFL is definitely a young man's game, especially when considering how little depth all NFL teams can stockpile as a result of free agency and the salary cap. The Cowboys will probably make a greater effort of playing younger players this summer than they have in recent years. This creates more bubble-type players.
Here's eight guys who need to show quickly that they should be a part of the future in Dallas, otherwise they'll find themselves out of the game or, most likely, on some other team's roster trying to figure out a new system without the benefit of training camp.
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