Notable NFL Players Facing Role Reductions in 2014

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Notable NFL Players Facing Role Reductions in 2014
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Broncos WR Wes Welker (above) caught 100-plus passes in five of the past seven seasons, but he may never do it again.

It happens every year. Whether it's the NFL draft or free agency, some well-known veteran players always end up being put on notice by incoming offseason acquisitions by their respective team.

Sooner rather than later, this year's first-round picks are going to push last year's stars out of the picture. It's really just a matter of how long it will take. That being said, if a team is doing their business appropriately, their draft picks won't be expected to assume the full burden as rookies (although the franchise-saving quarterback is never out of the question for a Week 1 start).

The NFL is a production business, but even some players who may have produced in the recent past may not be given an opportunity to produce those same numbers again in the near future.

Here are some of the players that should be looking over their shoulder in 2014.

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