With training camp set to begin this week some players are already on the outer with their respective franchises. Be it due to recent poor performances or a prolonged recovery from injury, the following list will discuss five notable players who are at risk of copping the cut.
Victor Cruz (WR, New York Giants)
Between 2011-2013 Victor Cruz posted over 3,500 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns on the way to becoming one of Eli Manning's favourite targets. Now, after the missing the bulk of the 2014 and '15 seasons with persisting leg injuries, it seems Cruz's time in New York may be up.
Arian Foster (RB, Miami Dolphins)
After spending the past seven seasons in Houston's backfield, last week saw Arian Foster sign a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Foster's productivity from scrimmage has been subject to inconsistency and last season was no different after injury yet again sidelined the former NFL rushing yards leader. The safe bet here is that Foster makes the cut. However, let's just hope injury stays away.
C.J. Spiller (RB, New Orleans Saints)
A first round pick out of Clemson, Spiller spent five seasons with the Bills averaging five yards per carry. But after his first season in New Orleans failed to replicate these type of numbers - in large part due to a knee injury - uncertainty surrounds this fleet-footed Pro Bowler as he enters the 2016 season. While it's clear that Mark Ingram will handle most of the carries, Spiller's position as a rather expensive backup makes you wonder what the future holds.
Nick Foles (QB, Los Angeles Rams)
In Week 1 of the 2015 season Nick Foles guided the then-St. Louis Rams to an unbelievable overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Now, with just under 45 days until Week 1 of the 2016 season, Foles' chances of suiting up in LA are hanging by a thread. The former Pro Bowl MVP had a dismal 2015 campaign and was eventually replaced by Case Keenum after accompanying seven touchdown passes with 10 interceptions. Foles has reportedly been absent for much of the Rams' organised team activities. If this no-show is anything to go by, perhaps his time is up.
LeGarrette Blount (RB, New England Patriots)
Despite signing a one-year extension with the Patriots this past April, LeGarrette Blount's place in the Patriots 53-man roster is far from secure. The undrafted free agent was enjoying a respectable season in New England until a hip injury, sustained in Week 14's victory over the Texans, sidelined him for the rest of the season. Bill Belichick is no stranger to sending veteran players home. Therefore, whether the Super Bowl 49 champion gets the bullet remains anyone's best guess.