It's the nature of the NFL that, inevitably, the old is removed to make way for the new. As unpleasant as it might be, teams around the league go through the perennial process of having to shave their roster down from 90 men to a more manageable count of 53 in late August, and that means making tough decisions that doesn't always involve simply shooing away the obvious. Sometimes, the roster casualties are those most don't see coming, while others are admittedly a tad more obvious.
With training camp rapidly approaching around the league, there's at least one notable veteran on each team that is on a hot seat for their job in 2021, and it's time to take a look at who they might be. If these 32 NFL veterans don't have a fantastic training camp, they could be looking for new jobs when September rolls around.
Jaguars: Tim Tebow, TE
Tebow had to know this was a long shot when he signed on, and his only saving grace might be his relationship with Urban Meyer -- the reason he's getting this shot in the first place. That said, even Meyer is claiming Tebow will be evaluated like others on the roster with no special considerations. Time will tell if that's true, but if it is, Tebow's experiment at tight end could end soon. The Jaguars have several tight ends already on the roster who have a ton of experience at the position, headlined by Chris Manhertz, who was also invited to the famed "Tight End University" instead of Tebow. Headlines aside, this is the most sensical cut to be made by the Jaguars, unless they want to sacrifice a seat on their 53-man roster for a 33-year-old who's never played tight end before and came out of retirement to try.
Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, LB
Smith did himself no favors by telling everyone to "watch the film" on the back end of his disappointing 2020 campaign and incoming defensive coordinator Dan Quinn apparently did, leading to the selection of Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox in the 2021 NFL Draft -- along with the addition of Keanu Neal in free agency as a linebacker. Smith has no choice but to be on high alert this coming season, as he also competes with Leighton Vander Esch for the right to stick around beyond 2021. Be it for rotation and/or salary cap implications, Smith is a prime candidate for either a trade or a release in the coming months and for all of his optimism, he knows he's on the bubble.