NFL Veterans Fighting for Roster Relevance Midway Through Training Camp

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NFL Veterans Fighting for Roster Relevance Midway Through Training Camp
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Steven Jackson may be on the hot seat in Atlanta.

Except for a lucky few players in the league, NFL veterans fight for roster spots and key roles alongside rookies every year during training camp. A demotion can be just as bad as losing a job in the NFL because it limits a player’s ability to audition for other teams.

Veterans often come with higher price tags, and if their performance doesn’t justify the cost, it’s often easy for NFL clubs to move on. It’s easier for teams to demote veterans who are relatively cheap or those who would be cost prohibitive to release for salary-cap reasons.

Athleticism substitutes for experience in the NFL to some extent, so veterans can have a hard time using their savvy to fend off younger players at their position once they hit a certain age. As soon as a veteran’s physical skills start to decline, he has to work harder every year.

Here’s a list of players who are fighting for a significant spot on the roster midway through training camp.

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