Every year this time, there are hundreds of players on NFL rosters that are barely hanging on, and the final preseason game can be the difference between them playing in the NFL or trying to find work in another field. Here is a list of 50 players that need to come up big in their finales to make their team.
Just two years ago, Steve Slaton was a first round pick in your fantasy draft. Now, he is battling just to make the Texans roster.
Some people speculated that Brandon Tate was going to take the Randy Moss role when Moss was traded last season. Now, he is fighting just to prove that he deserves a spot on the roster.
Justin Gage needs to show the Titans something in the final preseason contest to justify his contract for 2011.
Donald Brown was a second round pick but hasn't produced on the field. The Colts might look to replace him with a cheaper option if they don't show him something.
Time could be running out for Nelson, who was a fourth round pick back in 2009.
Lionel Dotson hasn't made enough plays at this point to make the 53 man roster in Buffalo. Can he change that his week?
Chester Taylor was reportedly cut earlier this week, but that turned out not to be true. He still seems to be the odd man out in Chicago.
Jerome Harrison could be the odd man out in Detroit without a big game this week.
Vincent Fuller took a pay cut a few weeks ago in an attempt to say on the team. Will it be enough?
Joseph appears to be on the chopping block at a crowded position in Green Bay. A big game this week could change that.
Allen only has three picks in his first two seasons in the league.
Black hasn't been impressive so far this preseason. He will have one more shot to convince the Bucs to keep him around.
Tatum has yet to impress in camp. It might take a big game to keep him around.
Clayton has been impressive on special teams, but will need more than that to make the team.
Kevin Curtis just joined the Titans at the end of last week. He has one game to make an impression.
Chaz Schilens has been banged up this preseason and could need a big game to stick.
McFadden is a second year player who will need to prove worthy of a roster spot in this final game.
Veterans have to clearly beat out younger guys to earn a spot. Sheppard is on the proverbial bubble heading into the final preseason contest.
Groves has been underwhelming so far in the preseason. It could take an extraordinary effort in the finale to get him on the Week 1 roster.
Jarvis Moss needs a big push this week to show the he belongs on the 2011 version of the Raiders defense.
Jon Kitna is an expensive back-up. He will need a big final game to justify keeping his salary on the books.
Olshansky has already been demoted. The next step could be unemployment if he doesn't step it up.
Tolzien could be a guy that falls victim to the new rules about the third quarterback counting towards the active number on game day.
Gamble has been injured, and that might hurt his chances, but a big game this week could lock up a spot.
Cooper needs to be impressive this week to make sure he isn't on the cut list come Saturday.
Wright was an third round pick who hasn't been impressive so far.
Curran doesn't fit the new scheme in Tennessee, but he can force them to keep him around with a big game Thursday.
The Titans have some injuries at DE, which will help Egboh's chances, but a good effort this week will lock up a spot.
Buster Davis was a first round pick who hasn't lived up to the hype. He needs a big game this week to prove he isn't a bust.
It will take a big effort from Corto this week to get off the roster bubble.
Things don't seem to be going so well between Tate and Pete Carroll. It might take a big effort in Week 4 to keep Tate from being without a job.
Albritton will be fighting for his life in the Texans preseason finale.
Holliday can fly, but that doesn't mean he can play in the NFL. He needs to give the Texans a reason to keep him around this week.
Hughes was a first round pick in 2010. He looks like he might be a bust.
Anderson was a high pick just a few years back but was cut by the Falcons. Will he save his job with the Colts this week?
Dwyer is buried on the Steelers depth chart. Can he make some plays this week to get him a spot on the roster?
Arnaz Battle is competing for a spot in the deep Steelers wide receiving corps.
Anthony Smith is a veteran who could be off the roster if he doesn't make a play to prove he deserves a spot.
Gay will need to prove he is worth a spot on that vaunted Steelers defense.
Hardy was a big play guy in college, but hasn't been that yet for the Ravens. He is going to need a few this week.
Brandon Jones needs a big game this week to make the squad.
Parmele needs to prove this week that he can cut it as an NFL running back.
Allen will need to make more plays than Parmele this week for a spot.
Jarrett Brown will need a big game to convince the Browns to keep three QBs.
The Colts signed Kerry Collins, and it looks like Curtis Painter is the No. 3. Can Orlovsky change that this week?
Williams has bounced around the league, and he will need a big play or two to keep from getting bounced again.
Ah You has only seen late game reps in the preseason. He appears to be behind the eight ball unless he makes some plays.
Scott hasn't played well early on. Can he change his fate this week?
Butler needs to step up and make more plays this week.
Curtis Painter will need to prove he deserves to be there over Dan Orlovsky.