Specialized players are becoming more and more scarce in today's NFL. The modern NFL athlete is required to come off the college production line complete with multiple skill sets, and pro teams will no longer accommodate players who can only do one thing.
Nowhere is this more evident than on defense.
Gone are the days of strict run-stoppers like Matt Millen or specialist coverage 'backers like Monte Coleman. Ends are required to drop into coverage more often, as well as slide inside to play tackle in some nickel fronts. Linebackers are required to have the ability to play every down.
There is still room though for those players who are pure pass-rushers. You wouldn't trust them to hold up against the run or peel off and run with a receiver coming out of the backfield, but no pass defense is complete without those players who excel at getting to the quarterback on third down.
Teams like the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys are comfortable leaving the job to superstars like Clay Matthews and DeMarcus Ware. But there are still teams who prefer to turn the responsibility over to those players for whom rushing the passer is a natural gift. They won't register double digits in terms of starts, but these pressure specialists are essential to their team's third-down defense.
Here is a list of the top five pass-rushers who manage to make the most of limited playing time.