The football landscape can change quickly. Falls from stardom are rarely gradual, and it can seem like players regress almost overnight.
NFL teams don't hesitate to cut ties when they think that regression is coming, either. Being named to the Pro Bowl is a big honor for a player, but teams are not going to let them skate by on their reputation.
These three players have at least one Pro Bowl selection to their names, but could still find themselves on the roster bubble this preseason.
1. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, but he plays the least forgiving position around. He's on the wrong side of 30, and last season was by far the worst of his NFL career. Injuries limited Shady to 14 games, and even when he was on the field, he struggled, setting career-lows in both rushing yards per carry (3.2) and per game (36.7). The Bills made it clear that he doesn't have a long leash, signing both T.J. Yeldon and Frank Gore in free agency and drafting Devin Singletary in the third round.
2. Demaryius Thomas, WR, New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are never shy about kicking the tires on former stars. But they're also just as happy to cut their losses if it doesn't work out. Demaryius Thomas tore his Achilles last year, and even when he was healthy it looked like his best days were behind him. He saw only 33 targets in seven games after being traded for a fourth round draft pick mid-season. With another year of age and a serious injury, his value's at an all-time low, and the Patriots have only guaranteed $150,000 of his one-year contract.
3. Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
This one isn't as much about his play, but Trent Williams and the Washington Redskins seem to be at an impasse in contract talks. He's holding out for a new deal, but the team is not only not budging, but they're fining him for not showing up to training camp. Williams is not expect to re-join the team at this point, leaving a trade or release as the only real possibilities for his future.
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