Young NFL Players Already on the Hot Seat Heading into 2014 Season

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Young NFL Players Already on the Hot Seat Heading into 2014 Season
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Even the most casual NFL fan is probably used to hearing the term "hot seat" to describe that aging veteran or struggling head coach who is at risk of losing his job.

We are less accustomed to hearing about players who find themselves on the hot seat after only a couple of seasons in the league.

However, the NFL is a win-now league, and even young, promising players can be cast aside if expectations are not met. This is especially true now that the rookie salary cap has significantly lowered the amount of money that teams are forced to invest in high draft picks.

Just ask Brandon Weeden how well draft status helped his job security.

The harsh reality is that a couple of poor seasons can cost any player his job. Over the next few slides, we will examine a number of young players who are entering the 2014 season with their careers on the line.

Players considered for our list must have three years of NFL experience or less, have been a first- or second-round draft pick and must be at risk of losing their job for either under-performance or off-the-field issues. Players who have already been dismissed by their original teams (Weeden, Blaine Gabbert) will be excluded.

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