While 90-man rosters may be an indispensable luxury during the grind of training camp, preseason games are geared towards the cutdown to the final 53-man regular-season roster. As such, the New England Patriots and other teams around the league are preparing to pare down their rosters over the next few weeks.
The Pats will have three preseason games with their current allotment of players before the first wave of cuts on August 26 requires them to shave their roster down to 75 players, per NFLLabor.com. However, for the longshot hopefuls, this week essentially represents their do-or-die period, as starters and other roster locks will eat up reps during the second and third preseason weeks in preparation for the regular season.
Though many of these players are not realistic candidates for the final squad, there are several players the Pats might consider stashing on injured reserve, as well as bubble players who have seen their stocks fizzle. With that in mind, let's take a look at the players most likely to see their run in Foxboro end soon.