Every player is well aware their time in the NFL may be fleeting.
There can be myriad reasons why veterans are on the roster bubble entering training camp. Maybe they are at a position that has suddenly become crowded with talent. Maybe they haven't performed up to expectation, in previous seasons and/or during recent OTAs. Or maybe their contracts are simply too expensive for what they bring to the table.
We asked our 32 NFL Nation reporters to pick a veteran player who might not make the regular-season roster. Then we asked each to explain why the player is in danger of missing the cut. You'll find quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, linemen, linebackers and even a punter. You'll find players under 25 and over 30. You'll find former first-round picks and recent free-agent signees. The point is, anyone can be cut, and these 32 players might need to keep an eye out.
Greg Van Roten, OL
The Bills don't have many roster battles, but there will be a fight for the final offensive line spot. After spending the past two years with the Jets, Van Roten, 32, was signed during the offseason program and brings needed experience to the interior of the Bills' line. That doesn't mean he's guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster, and he'll be battling for a spot with veteran interior lineman Greg Mancz, who has more experience playing center, and tackle Luke Tenuta, a sixth-round pick.
Salvon Ahmed, RB
Miami's running backs room is packed with talent, and after the additions of Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel, there may not be room for both Ahmed and last year's leading rusher, Myles Gaskin. Ahmed showed flashes of being a capable starter in 2020, rushing for 250 yards and two scores in a three-game stretch -- but that was two years ago, and in 2022 he is the odd man out due to Gaskin's pass-catching ability.
New England Patriots
Ty Montgomery, RB/WR
Signed as a free agent this offseason after spending two seasons with the Saints, he finds himself part of a deep wide receiver corps, so his best chance to stick projects as a returner or part of the running back group in a third-down-type role. Thus, Montgomery's staying power seems tied to James White's progress in returning from a right hip injury, whether Rhamondre Stevenson can meet his goal of becoming more of a factor on third down, and the growth of 2022 draft picks Pierre Strong Jr. (fourth round) and Kevin Harris (sixth round).
New York Jets
Denzel Mims, WR
The 2020 second-round pick, who has 31 catches and no TDs in two seasons, is no better than fourth on the depth chart among the outside wide receivers. He is behind Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and rookie Garrett Wilson. Mims, drafted by the previous coaching staff, has struggled to gain footing with the current staff. But he impressed in the offseason, perhaps a sign he's buying into the program.
Tony Jefferson II, S
He's a respected leader on the defense who overcame a severe knee injury and played well this offseason, picking off Lamar Jackson twice in minicamp. But Jefferson faces the challenge of being in the most loaded position group on the Ravens with Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton and Chuck Clark. Jefferson is battling for that No. 4 safety spot with Geno Stone, who is seven years younger.
Kevin Huber, P
This might be the first time in a few years where a veteran cut candidate doesn't necessarily jump out. But Huber, the 14-year veteran, enters this training camp facing a little competition in Drue Chrisman, a 2021 Ohio State graduate who has bounced on and off Cincinnati's practice squad as undrafted free agent. Huber needs one more appearance to set the franchise record for most games. He has played in 207 games, the same as cornerback Ken Riley (1969-1983).