It is a tense time for fringe players and unheralded youngsters. Positive performances in preseason action provide no guarantee of securing that coveted spot on the roster.
Now that the NFL exhibition season is drawing to a close, teams are beginning to decide who will make the final roster.
Crowded positional groups and the need for front office and coaching staffs to justify significant fiscal investment in veteran talent, are the two chief factors that put lesser known players at risk.
The final cuts will be tough for the players who have pushed themselves to the limit in preseason. Teams will be forced into unpopular decisions by the practical and financial realities of finalising preparations for the new season.
Here are six solid preseason performers who will not be rewarded for their efforts.