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10 Notable NFL Veterans Who Could Get Cut

Danny Amendola NFL preseason 2014
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Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. You could be a star one year, then before you know it, you’re having trouble keeping a roster spot. Here are 10 notable NFL veterans who are feeling the squeeze this month.

10. Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola NFL preseason 2014
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10. Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola NFL preseason 2014
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As of right now, Danny Amendola is fighting with promising young players Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce for the final two spots on the New England Patriots’ wide receiving depth chart. Once considered a lock to make any NFL roster, Amendola will have to earn his keep if he wants to remain a member of the Patriots.

9. Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey NFL preseason 2014
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9. Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey NFL preseason 2014
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Anyone who witnessed the clinical devastation of the Denver Broncos in February’s Super Bowl knows that Champ Bailey is well past his prime. At age 36, Bailey doesn’t have much left in the tank and is by no means a guarantee to make the New Orleans Saints’ final roster.

8. Mario Manningham

Mario Manningham NFL preseason 2014
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8. Mario Manningham

Mario Manningham NFL preseason 2014
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After a disappointing tenure in San Francisco, Mario Manningham returns to the team that drafted him back in 2008. However, the former Super Bowl hero now finds himself among a younger and deeper New York Giants receiving corps, and is a definite maybe to make the team.

7. Kelvin Hayden

Kelvin Hayden NFL preseason 2014
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7. Kelvin Hayden

Kelvin Hayden NFL preseason 2014
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Another player who made his mark on the biggest stage in his younger days, Kelvin Hayden has little room for error this month among one of the league’s better cornerback groups in Chicago. Hayden’s pick-six in Super Bowl XLI seems like a distant memory these days.

6. Caleb Hanie

Caleb Hanie NFL preseason 2014
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6. Caleb Hanie

Caleb Hanie NFL preseason 2014
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Once considered to be one of the league’s better backup quarterbacks, Caleb Hanie is not guaranteed a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster if the team decides to take only two quarterbacks. Brandon Weeden, although a recipient of countless boos as a starter in Cleveland, won’t make it easy for Hanie this month.

5. Santana Moss

Santana Moss NFL preseason 2014
Santana Moss NFL preseason 2014

5. Santana Moss

Santana Moss NFL preseason 2014
Santana Moss NFL preseason 2014

It’s tough for any player entering his 14th NFL season to stay afloat in the league. With the addition of DeSean Jackson over the offseason, Santana Moss now finds himself an afterthought in a group of Washington Redskins receivers that includes Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, and Aldrick Robinson.

4. Mikel Leshoure

Mikel LeShoure NFL preseason 2014
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4. Mikel Leshoure

Mikel LeShoure NFL preseason 2014
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The curious case of Mikel Leshoure thickens with each passing season. He is a promising back, but struggles to stay healthy, and is only really effective between the tackles. The Detroit Lions might cut him, but it’s just as likely that they’ll trade him before the calendar turns to September.

3. Louis Murphy

Louis Murphy NFL preseason 2014
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3. Louis Murphy

Louis Murphy NFL preseason 2014
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After an underwhelming 2013 campaign with the New York Giants in which he caught six passes, Louis Murphy joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — his fourth team in six seasons. Murphy has never been able to fully establish himself in an NFL offense, and could have trouble beating out young guns Tommy Streeter and Lavelle Hawkins.

2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis NFL preseason 2014
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2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis NFL preseason 2014
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As NFL backs inch closer to 30, it gets tougher and tougher to stay on an NFL roster. Players like Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead are legitimate threats to push out BenJarvus Green-Ellis, also known as the “Law Firm” among teammates.

1. Kyle Arrington

Kyle Arrington NFL preseason 2014
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1. Kyle Arrington

Kyle Arrington NFL preseason 2014
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The NFL’s leading interceptor in 2011 has his work out for him this month. Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Alfonzo Dennard and Logan Ryan are all locks to make the team at cornerback, leaving slot-specialist Kyle Arrington in a battle for the fifth and final spot with Dax Swanson, Justin Green and Malcolm Butler. Swanson especially spells trouble for Arrington.