Every year, it seems New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick is good for a surprise cut or two at the end of training camp. From Lawyer Milloy to Brandon Meriweather, Belichick is not afraid to release players who no longer fit, regardless of their reputation or past contributions.
Perhaps because of depth issues at certain positions, it seems this year has produced more surprise performers than usual.
Undrafted rookies Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins have generated the most attention from Pats followers, but lesser-heralded finds like Marcus Benard and Joe Vellano have worked themselves into serious roster consideration as well.
The flip side of those surprises is that some more established veterans will not make the team. That harsh truth is simply the cycle of NFL life, and not something unique to the Patriots.
Elite NFL organizations place an emphasis on player development, allowing them to survive the league's rapid rate of personnel turnover.
There is still about three weeks left before the Patriots need to finalize their 53-man roster, so there is time for these players to turn things around. But for now, here are five who should be nervous about their roster status.