Feast or Fired: 5 NFL Players on the Bubble Entering Training Camp


If and when we have football this year I expect that the preseason and training camp will be reduced due to COVID-19 concerns. As we’ve already seen the NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame Game and early rumors lead to speculation that the preseason will be reduced to 2 games or even less, which isn’t ideal for this list of players entering training on the roster bubble.

5. John Ross

Players on the bubble

John Ross’s blazing breakaway speed made him a top 10 pick, however, the Bengals greatly regret that pick. Looking back on, Ross was seen as a better Tavon Austin coming out of the draft. However, Ross has failed to stay healthy thus stunting his development. The Bengals have a packed receiving core with AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and speedster rookie in Tee Higgins.

4. OJ Howard

Players on the bubble

It’s crazy to think with the position that he plays Howard can find himself on the bubble, but he’s on the bubble for obvious reasons. The Bucs traded for the now unretired Gronk and Cameron Brate has been the more productive of the two during their time together in Tampa Bay. Howard has been linked to trade deadline rumors for the past two seasons. With no takers for him, that is a clear sign that other teams don’t believe in his abilities to be a great pass catcher.

3. Rashaad Penny

Players on the bubble

Penny has been good, way better then I think most of us thought he would have been. The only problem is that Seattle is stacked with a multitude of running backs in the backfield. Sure, they can rotate in and out of the line-up but a healthy Chris Carson will cut into Penny’s snaps and this might be a case where there aren’t enough touches to go around.

2. Will Grier

Players on the bubble

Yes, we have a quarterback that makes our list. Grier was drafted awfully high by the previous Panthers regime and that’s the problem. Matt Rhule has no ties to Grier and he went out and got his guys in Bridgewater and PJ Walker. Grier did awful when the Panthers called on him last season and this year there is a really good chance he doesn’t make it out of camp.

1. Malcolm Butler

Players on the bubble
Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) pulls in a pass during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Nas Titans 8 01 Observations 018

Malcolm Butler has been stealing money from this Titans team since he’s been there. Since being away from Bill Belichick Butler has been a liability in coverage and has failed to demonstrate he can stay healthy enough to make it through 16 games. The Titans found quality play from guys like Tye Smith, Trumaine Brock Sr, and Leshun Sims, and with Head Coach Mike Vrabel taking over defensive play-calling, Butler could be on borrowed time.

Others to Watch For: Dee Ford, Alshon Jeffrey, Adam Shaheen, Jamaal Williams, and Adrian Peterson

Tell us who else do you think should be on our list? Do you guys think training camp will be reduced? Tell us what you think down in the comment section below.

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