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NFL training camp cuts could include EJ Manuel, Tim Tebow

Many players are in danger of being released in training camp, including Buffalo's 2013 first-round pick.

Cap casualties are common in February as teams prepare for the beginning of free agency, but after the NFL Draft, rosters are mostly set until training camp cuts the number of players down to 53 per team.

When training camp rolls around, many veterans are in danger of losing their jobs to new additions. For some, that's the end of the line, but many earn other shots with teams in need of stopgap players at a position.

Here are a few players that might not be with their current team when the calendar turns to September:

EJ Manuel, QB, Bills

There's a three-player battle for the starting role in Buffalo with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor pushing Manuel for the spot. While it's certainly possible that the team keeps all three players after training camp, if Manuel doesn't win the job, there's a good chance that the Bills will take the opportunity to wash their hands of the 2013 first-round pick.

No quarterback in Buffalo is really safe, especially considering their collective performance in the spring. Cassel's far from the same guy he was when he earned Pro Bowl honors in 2010 and if he doesn't win the job, he has the biggest salary that the Bills could purge themselves of, so he's just as viable of a candidate to be released as Manuel is.


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Although Manuel has no ties to the new Rex Ryan regime in Buffalo, he would still be owed $2.8 million in guaranteed salary if the Bills decided to cut the third-year passer.

Possible landing spot: Eagles

The Eagles were said to be a team interested in Manuel before the 2013 NFL Draft and Chip Kelly is far from one afraid to take risks. There are a few big names at quarterback for Philadelphia, but it's a hodgepodge of comeback stories with Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Manuel has as good of a shot as any.

Arthur Brown, LB, Ravens

When the Ravens used a second-round pick on Brown in 2013, that represented a significant investment in the player and it's hard to give up on that kind of investment. But with zero starts in two seasons and an excellent pair of inside linebackers ahead of him on the depth chart, he's eating a roster spot and not contributing much.

Possible landing spot: Titans

The combination of Zach Brown and Avery Williamson provide Tennessee with a promising pair at inside linebacker, but there's still a lack of depth there. With Zach Brown coming back from injury and not many alternatives, Arthur Brown could be a good insurance policy at linebacker.

Ryan Williams, RB, Cowboys

The second-round pick in 2011 only had 58 carries in three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, but his big potential got him a job in Dallas pretty quickly. He never saw the field with the Cowboys in 2014 though, and while he was said to be in the mix to start, he hurt his knee and missed most of spring practices.

If Williams is healthy in the fall, he has enough raw ability to earn a spot, but he has his hands full beating out Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden or Lance Dunbar for a place on the team.

Possible landing spot: Buccaneers

Doug Martin has been the subject of trade rumors often in his young career, but he's still the favorite to start in Tampa Bay ahead of Charles Sims. Still, the Buccaneers are a team that could use more young potential at running back.

Logan Paulsen, TE, Washington

There are a decent pair of tight ends ahead of Paulsen on the depth chart with Niles Paul and Jordan Reed, and a group of talented receivers. Additions like fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder and undrafted tight end Devin Mahina mean that Paulsen could be the odd man out.

Possible landing spot: Saints

The Saints elected to ignore the tight end position in the NFL Draft, although the team did add Jack Tabb in undrafted free agency. Without many threats at tight end now that Jimmy Graham is gone, adding a player like Paulsen who has 42 starts in the last four seasons could be a plus for the Saints.

Keshawn Martin, WR, Texans

Martin was on the roster bubble last year, but the team added a couple more players for him to compete with. While the loss of Andre Johnson makes a little more room, Jaelen Strong and Cecil Shorts are two players that Martin will have a tough time getting ahead of on the depth chart.

Possible landing spot: Browns

The roller coaster of Josh Gordon keeps leaving the Browns without a legitimate receiving threat. While Dwayne Bowe addresses that, there still is a need for more playmakers and Martin could provide that. Also, he'd likely be an upgrade over Travis Benjamin at punt returner.

Tim Tebow, QB, Eagles

It would hardly feel like an accurate list of notable players in danger of being cut without the inclusion of Tebow. His roster spot with the Eagles is the cause of consistent debate, as is everything that the former Heisman Trophy winner does.

The Eagles insist that Tebow has improved as a passer and is continuing to improve, and that's a must if the team plans on keeping him with Bradford, Barkley and Sanchez on the roster. Tebow's best shot at a spot on the team is if Chip Kelly elects to keep more quarterbacks than usual.

Possible landing spot: Washington

In all likelihood, a departure from Philadelphia is likely the end of the road for Tebow. But if he shows good things in the preseason, another team could be impressed enough to give him a call if things get desperate at quarterback. Washington is a place where things could get bad after a train wreck at the position in 2014.

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