For the next seven days, hundreds of players across the NFL will experience life on the bubble, as rosters must be pared from 90 to 53 players. Teams are required to be down to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, putting a huge importance on this weekend's preseason games.
Let's examine the most notable bubble players for the New York Jets as they head into their annual contest against the New York Giants. This doesn't mean they're getting cut; it simply suggests there's some uncertainty.
Bryce Petty, quarterback: He seemingly locked up a spot with last week's performance, but the crowded quarterback room -- coupled with Todd Bowles' decision to play Geno Smith as the No. 2 -- means there's still some question about how the well-chronicled quarterback situation will play out.
Jeremy Ross, wide receiver: The well-traveled veteran is battling the kiddie corps -- Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake and Chandler Worthy -- for the last two receiving spots. The best kick returner probably will land one of the gigs. Ross and Marshall had 51- and 84-yard kickoff returns, respectively, making them the co-favorites for that job. Punt returner is anybody's guess. No one seems to want the job.
Trevor Reilly, outside linebacker: In the offseason, special teams coordinator Brant Boyer identified Reilly as one of his core players. He missed some camp time with an injury and appears to have lost ground. No one at outside linebacker has stood out, but Reilly could get caught in a numbers game. There are seven outside 'backers on the current roster.
Zach Sudfeld, tight end: He's competing with Brandon Bostick (and potential cuts from around the NFL) for the No. 3 spot -- if there is a third spot. Because of injuries, Sudfeld could see an increased role against the Giants.
Dexter McDougle, cornerback: He's one of only six players remaining from the 12-player 2014 draft class -- a.k.a. the Idzik 12. McDougle was injury-prone in college, and that hasn't changed. He has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury, jeopardizing his roster spot. Right now, he's no better than the No. 5 corner.
Dakota Dozier, guard: Another member of the Idzik 12, Dakota probably is on the safe side of the bubble. He's getting a chance to play center, creating position versatility, but do the coaches trust him in a real game? He has roles on special teams, which helps his cause.