Tom Brady doesn't need to impress anyone with his play against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday night. He has proven it on the practice field during training camp and during his 13 seasons as the New England Patriots' starting quarterback.
Many of his teammates don't have the same luxury.
While some players—cornerback Logan Ryan, for example—are assured of their spots on the 53-man roster, they are fighting to show the coaching staff that they deserve to get the starting nod at their position. Others, like defensive end Michael Buchanan, are merely fighting for survival.
Here are five players who need to be on point against Philadelphia Friday night at Gillette Stadium.