With training camp in progress across the NFL, coaches will begin the process of setting up their depth charts for the regular season.
Going forward, we'll see in-house competition with three rounds of cuts as teams trim down rosters to 53 players by Aug. 31.
Several short- and long-tenured veterans stand on shaky ground with their respective clubs because of free-agent or draft acquisitions, contract situations and low production in recent years. As a result, teams will make notable cuts in the coming weeks.
Let's take a look at eight players on the bubble in the most danger of losing their roster spots.
DE Ben Banogu, Indianapolis Colts
Ben Banogu may have an uphill climb to make the Indianapolis Colts roster. As a rookie, he appeared in all 16 contests but listed inactive while healthy for multiple games last year.
This offseason, the Colts selected pass-rushers with their first two picks in Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeyingbo. The club placed the latter on the active/non-football injury list, but the rookie second-rounder, who's recovering from a torn Achilles, plans to play in 2021.
The Colts haven't re-signed edge-rusher Justin Houston, who's still a free agent, but Banogu still has to battle within a crowded position that includes two high 2021 draft picks, Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis and Al-Quadin Muhammad. Indianapolis also signed Isaac Rochell, a fifth-year veteran with 9.5 sacks.
The Colts' offseason additions at defensive end sends a clear message to Banogu. He must show improvement or fall behind in the pecking order.
Turay has missed 23 games in three seasons. If he can stay healthy through training camp, Banogu seems like the odd man out.
Keep in mind, for the 2020 term, Muhammad played 56 percent of the defensive snaps and Lewis logged four sacks while on the field for just 40 percent of the snaps. After Week 8, Banogu appeared in two outings and took the field for a total of eight plays on defense.
WR Miles Boykin, Baltimore Ravens
Over the past two drafts, the Baltimore Ravens have selected four wide receivers.
Last year, the Ravens picked up Devin Duvernay and James Proche. This offseason, they added Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the first and fourth rounds, respectively. The club also signed Sammy Watkins, who has experience in offensive coordinator Greg Roman's system.
Because of his draft status, Bateman will undoubtedly hold a roster spot. He'll line up alongside Marquise Brown and Watkins in three-wide receiver sets.
Barring injury, Wallace should earn a spot. He's a feisty 5'11", 194-pound receiver who makes the tough grabs. For someone his size, the Oklahoma State product looked impressive while hauling in 50-50 targets on the collegiate level.
In 2020, Duvernay suited up for all 16 contests, catching 20 passes for 201 yards, but he made significant contributions on special teams, returning 21 kicks for 578 yards and a touchdown. Expect him to make the 53-man roster as well.
Miles Boykin will likely battle Proche for a back-end slot on the depth chart. Last year, the latter served as the Ravens' primary punt returner, which may help him keep his spot.
Though Boykin can also contribute on special teams, he doesn't have the speed and elusiveness to return kicks. Secondly, the 2019 third-rounder has had underwhelming years on offense, hauling in 32 passes for 464 yards and seven touchdowns. At 6'4", 220 pounds, he's an asset in the red zone, but the Notre Dame product must show a little more with three newcomers set to make the roster at his position.