Sink-or-Swim Predictions for NFL Veterans Facing Rookie Challengers in 2014

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Sink-or-Swim Predictions for NFL Veterans Facing Rookie Challengers in 2014
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Will Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson face a challenge from a rookie in 2014?

The last thing you want to be doing when you’re an NFL player is treading water.

The National Football League is a bottom-line business. That line is winning, and if you’re lucky enough, you wind up being a part of a team fortunate enough to raise the Lombardi Trophy.

But time waits for no man. So we we are taking a very early look at eight NFL veterans who could be pressed for their starting jobs due to the influx of talent from last week’s draft.

In this format, we will use a “sink” or “swim” scale, the former meaning that veteran will lose his job to a rookie and the latter meaning he has fended off the challenge.

So with past players like Jackie Shipp, Harry Boatswain and Terry Crews in mind, we offer the following scenarios (in no particular order).

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