5 Big-Name NFL Veterans in Danger of Getting Cut in Training Camp

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
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With the start of NFL training camp comes the start of NFL roster moves. Teams need to get their rosters down to 53 players and stay below the salary cap.

This means that every year, a few big-name players get released as teams look to younger and cheaper options. With that in mind, here are the five most likely NFL veterans to be cut prior to the conclusion of training camp.

5. Terrelle Pryor, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Pryor signed with the Jaguars earlier this offseason, however he might never get the chance to suit up for them in the regular season. Pryor played in just two games for the Buffalo Bills last season prior to being cut, and that could be a sign of what's to come in Jacksonville. He's a long shot to get any sort of meaningful playing time, and at 30 years old, the Jaguars may want to invest in younger options who they could develop for the future.

4. Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings

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Treadwell's career hasn't gone as expected since the Vikings took him with the 23rd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now entering his fourth year as a pro, with only 56 career receptions and 517 receiving yards, the Vikings could let the wideout go if they believe he is close to his ceiling as an NFL player.

3. T.J. Yeldon, Buffalo Bills

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Yeldon signed with the Bills after four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but is in a battle for playing time with other vets around him. The Bills already have two veteran running backs high on their depth chart in LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore. Unless Yeldon carves out a role for himself in the preseason, likely as a third-down back, he might not make it to the regular season.

2. Demaryius Thomas, New England Patriots

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Patriots fans have seen this movie before with Chad Ochocinco. The team regularly gives aging pass-catchers looks to see how much they have left in the tank, and the situation with Thomas might not be any different. At age 31 and coming off a torn Achilles, Thomas' best days seem behind him, and Belichick and co. may look towards using that roster spot for someone they can develop and have contribute on special teams.

1. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

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Rumors about the Packers cutting ties with Crosby have been floating through NFL circles for a couple of months now. The veteran was 30-of-37 on field goals last season, and was No. 18 in the league in extra-point percentage (94.4 percent). Considering he has a cap hit of close to $5 million in 2019, Green Bay might decide to go with a younger, cheaper option at kicker.

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