Training camp is just a few weeks away, which means there will soon be 90 players doing everything they can to make the Miami Dolphins' final 53-man roster.
Obviously, nearly half of those players will be unsuccessful in their attempt to make the team, but a select handful will make enough of an impression to be signed to the practice squad.
For those who are unfamiliar with NFL practice squads, there are a few eligibility requirements.
First of all, players are eligible if they don't have an accrued season of NFL experience, which is the equivalent of being on the active roster for at least six games.
If a player has one accrued season, he can still be practice squad-eligible if he was on the 45-man active game-day roster for less than nine regular-season games.
Finally, no player can serve on a practice squad for more than three seasons.
Put simply, the practice squad is used by teams to stash players of promise that they believe can either develop into game-day contributors or possibly serve as immediate depth in the event of an injury.
The Dolphins, like all NFL teams, will shuffle players on and off the practice squad throughout the year, but for now, let's take a look at the top candidates to end up there to start the 2014 season.