There are many stages a player must pass before he makes it in the NFL, and it goes beyond joining a team after the NFL draft.
One of the ultimate tests is how someone does at training camp — logic says if you can’t hang with the big boys, you probably won’t do well as a professional.
That leads to the question: Who is going to be a surprising cut after NFL training camps wrap up?
Here we break down who could be getting the axe, and why:
Eagles WR Nelson Agholor
Agholor has always been a solid player, but solid doesn’t quite cut it anymore. His best campaign came in 2017, when he caught eight touchdowns with 768 receiving yards. The former USC wideout has caught just seven other touchdowns in his other three seasons with Philadelphia. The Eagles drafted JJ Arcega-Whiteside and traded to bring DeSean Jackson back to the team in the offseason. If Nelson doesn’t outshine both receivers, the Eagles could decide to cut Agholor and save $9.4 million, which is what his contract is worth.
Cowboys WR Allen Hurns
Hurns had a lot of potential when he joined Dallas before the 2018 season. However, the Cowboys traded for elite wideout Amari Cooper and saw Michael Gallup rise up and compliment Cooper throughout the regular season and postseason. Combined with the horrifying ankle injury that Hurns suffered in the playoffs, that leaves him as the odd man out. The Cowboys also signed Randall Cobb this offseason. If Hurns can’t prove himself in training camp, he could become a casualty for the Cowboys, who are also trying to make sure Dak Prescott and other players are signed to high-end contracts very soon.
Raiders G Richie Incognito
Incognito was signed by Oakland this offseason, but his off-field issues have been what’s dominated the headlines. He already retired once in 2017, only to try and make a comeback. In between all this, He was signed to just a one-year deal with the Raiders, so if he’s cut it won’t have much of an impact on the team. Incognito is known to have talent, but it’s doubtful he will stick around if there are any transgressions by him on or off the field in Oakland. It’s also unclear if he can have the same level of success after being away from a team for nearly two years.
Bengals G Clint Boling
Boling mysteriously has been missing for many of the Bengals’ preseason activities, and with Cordy Glenn moving to left guard and John Miller positioned to play right guard, Boling could be gone from the team. The Bengals hinted that he’s battling an injury, but the nature of the injury — combined with the secrecy — could force the Bengals to let him go. On top of that, the team drafted offensive tackle Jonah Williams as their first pick and he could be starting as early as Week 1.
Chargers QB Cardale Jones
Jones had barely made a blip on the NFL radar after he was drafted in 2014, and that likely will be the case again. Originally serving as Philip Rivers’ backup for the past two seasons, the team signed veteran Tyrod Taylor this offseason. This means Jones has to outshine Taylor, who has far more NFL experience. Los Angeles also signed Easton Stick in the fifth round of this year’s draft out of North Dakota State, perhaps with the hope that he could be Carson Wentz 2.0. Stick and Jones will battle it out for the No. 3 spot on the roster. If Jones fails to impress, he’ll likely get the boot.