One of the toughest parts of NFL training camp is seeing players having their careers derailed by a roster cut. And it’s even tougher to see when it’s with one of the many veterans in the league.
Some have already felt the sting of being cut at the start of training camp. Some like receiver Allen Hurns and pass rusher Robert Nkemdichehave been cut from their original team and moved on to the next one.
And with some of these names, don’t be surprised to see them getting released before the regular season begins.
Here are 10 NFL veterans in danger of being cut before the regular season.
10. G Joshua Garnett, San Francisco 49ers
Somebody who hasn’t lived up to his first-round billing, Garnett is on the verge of being out of San Francisco. He’s gone from a surprise first-round pick to have a rocky rookie season, then having a season-ending knee injury, then finding himself in a reserve role last season.
It’s not the production anyone would want to see from a 28th overall pick. Especially with the problems the 49ers have experienced with the interior of the offensive line. And if Garnett is still unable to change his underwhelming performance, then he’ll be on his way to another team.
9. RB TJ Yeldon, Buffalo Bills
After a strong rookie campaign where he rushed for 740 yards and a combined 1,019 yards from scrimmage, Yeldon has fallen off. He hasn’t rushed for 500 yards since his first year and has been averaging less than 30 yards per game in his last three seasons.
He signed with the Bills in the offseason to a crowded backfield featuring the likes of LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, and rookie Devin Singletary. It’s going to take a lot for Yeldon to gain a significant role with the talent in front of him.
He’s a reliable option as a receiver out of the backfield considering he’s caught at least 30 passes in each of his four seasons. And if he can find something out of that, then he’ll have a home in Buffalo.
8. WR LaQuon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings
The 2016 23rd overall pick has been looking like a bust since coming into the league. Especially when looking at some of the receivers that came after him in the same draft as him. Sterling Shepard, Michael Thomas, Tyler Boyd, and Tyreek Hill all came after him.
And it’s even worse when looking at his numbers in comparison to some other underperforming first-round receivers from that same draft class.
- Treadwell: 56 catches for 517 yards and one touchdown
- Corey Coleman: 61 catches for 789 yards and five touchdowns
Treadwell will need to impress if he wants to remain on the Vikings roster.
7. G Richie Incognito, Oakland Raiders
The 36-year-old offensive lineman has been known a lot for his off-the-field antics than his stellar play. And with him already being on a tight leash with a two-game suspension for his funeral home incident.
The league will be watching him very closely because of his past, as will the Raiders. He’ll need to prove himself as he fights for the starting left guard against Denzelle Good. If he can be the same player that he was as a Pro Bowl guard with the Dolphins and Bills, then he’ll make the roster.
6. CB Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants
After having two seasons in which he put together some of his best production in his career, Jenkins has fallen back to being someone that gives up big plays to opposing receivers. He allowed 788 receiving yards last season and was hampered with injuries.
He’s already going to be tasked with providing the young corners some tutelage with this season coming up. And he’s a veteran on a team making a youth movement. Jenkins’ risk-taking behavior at cornerback isn’t going to cut it. He’ll need to get back to his 2016 form if he wants to avoid a cut.
5. WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
With trade rumors and talks of him being cut during the 2018 regular season, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Parker out of Parker. The team has seen a surprising flourish of talent in arguably their worst position group with rookie Preston Williams and veteran signing Allen Hurns.
It’s starting to get more crowded for the fifth-year receiver after so many disappointing seasons. But with a new contract that has him signed through 2020, he’ll be looking to prove himself during training camp. But if not, then he’ll be joining Breshad Perriman and Philip Dorsett as 2015 draft class rookies that turned into busts.
4. WR Tavon Austin, Dallas Cowboys
The former eighth overall pick hasn’t turned into the offensive weapon that he was supposed to be when he was drafted back in 2013. He’s only gained over 500 receiving yards once in his career and has yet to eclipse 1,000 yards from scrimmage. And after so many underperformances and injuries, Austin might be at the end of his career if he can’t turn things around.
The 28-year-old still has plenty of upside with his return ability and uncanny speed. However, if he’s unable to get a hold of the receiver position and what his role is on offense then he won’t be in Dallas for much longer.
3. OT Matt Kalil, Houston Texans
After missing all of last season for the Carolina Panthers with a right knee injury, Kalil will need to avoid his injury woes with his new stint with the Texans. The former top-five selection will need to impress and show that he can still protect the blindside of the line after being on injured reserve.
Kalil already put together a poor campaign in 2017 when he played left tackle in his first season for the Panthers with a PFF overall grade of 63.1. He’s also on the bad side of 30 now, and is now in the role of mentor for other younger players before giving them their come up. That is, of course, if he can land a spot on the Texans roster.
2. WR Torrey Smith, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers receiver is in the same boat as Kalil as someone on the wrong side of 30. And he’s already under producing as if he’s hit his peak age. He caught 17 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Panthers. And now he might have his role of deep threat overtaken by the new acquisition of Chris Hogan.
Smith needs to turn things around in his second act with the Panthers or else he will be a veteran cut.
1. WR Terrelle Pryor, Jacksonville Jaguars
The quarterback turned receiver is hoping to get another career revitalization with the Jaguars. After a big 2016 season in his first season at wideout, he’s found himself in a rut with stability in both location and production.
He’s put together less than 500 receiving yards over the last two seasons with three different teams. Nowhere near his lone season with the Browns. And now he finds himself trying to gain a spot on a team whose top receivers are Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee.
This wouldn’t just be another one of the veterans getting cut, as it could be his last chance in the league.