After a long, highly publicized offseason, the New England Patriots over the next week must make difficult decisions on players who currently reside at the fringe of the team's roster.
The Patriots have already trimmed their team to 75 players, meaning they need to make 22 more cuts before the regular season begins. Among those players on the bubble is the lightning rod that is quarterback Tim Tebow, who, along with a host of other players, faces a make-or-break performance in the preseason finale.
Continued ineptitude from the former Bronco and Jet will earn him a pink slip.
Some of the other roster battles aren't as high in profile but may in fact have a much greater impact on the fortunes of the 2013 Patriots.
There's compelling competition, for example, at both the running back and tight end positions. Expect guys like LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui to see tons of snaps against the New York Giants, as the Patriots decide which among them, if any, to send packing.
New England must also grapple with an unfortunate side effect that comes from annually hoarding draft picks: Not all of those prospects meet expectations, and sometimes the team is forced to cut bait with a player despite recently investing a high pick in him.
All of these scenarios will come into play on Thursday night as Bill Belichick and Patriot management get one last chance to evaluate the players on their roster bubble.
Here's how I see some of the more difficult decisions coming down.