Starting jobs in the NFL are won during training camp, but the competition never truly ends.
NFL coaches are constantly fighting for their job, which means players are constantly fighting for theirs. In a league where 10 head coaches were replaced last offseason, there's nonstop pressure to perform.
Three games into the season is a big enough sample size to start truly evaluating the roster and seeing whose role should be reduced moving forward.
Whether it's because they have been exposed in a specific facet of the game, aren't playing up their ability or have someone behind them who deserves more reps, the following players should be seeing the bench as the season moves on.
Arizona Cardinals: LB Nick Vigil
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph's use of his linebackers has been baffling through three weeks.
Isaiah Simmons started in Week 1 and played 61 snaps, but he's come off the bench the past two weeks and was a part-timer on defense. After he played only 15 snaps in a Week 2 win against the Las Vegas Raiders, Joseph said he shouldn't worry about his workload.
"I told him, 'It's not about how many plays you play. It's about how you play when you play," Joseph said, per Darren Urban of the team's website.
Meanwhile, Nick Vigil played 26 snaps in Week 2 and 18 snaps in Week 3. Through three games, he's Pro Football Focus' lowest-graded linebacker in the league.
It doesn't make sense for Arizona to continue to trot out the 29-year-old over Simmons, whom it took eighth overall in 2020.
Atlanta Falcons: C Drew Dalman
Drew Dalman may have won the Atlanta Falcons' starting center job during the preseason, but it's time to re-evaluate that decision.
The 2021 fourth-round pick has experienced a steep learning curve three starts into his NFL career. PFF has him as the 31st-ranked center leaguewide.
Dalman's shotgun snaps have not been consistent, and he was charged with one fumble in the Falcons' Week 2 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. That's the first job of any center, and his struggles don't end there.
The rookie has also been charged with a league-leading five penalties, per PFF. That includes a crucial holding penalty in the second quarter of the Rams game that forced the team to settle for a field goal in a 31-27 loss.
The Falcons could turn to Matt Hennessy, who committed only five penalties across nearly 1,000 snaps last season while earning an above-average 77.1 grade from PFF.