Preseason auditions: Former Utah players making their case to earn an NFL roster spot

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20 2013 6:10 p.m. MDT

When NFL training camps began, somewhere around 2,800 players were listed on the league's 32 team rosters.

By the end of August, a little more than a month after these camps began, only 1,696 of those players will find themselves on the active/inactive list of an NFL team.

In a competitive market where around 40 percent of applicants don't earn a job, NFL training camps and preseason action amount to a proving ground for those hoping to make playing football their profession.

Dozens of players with Utah ties are among those fighting to find a spot on the 53-man roster. Soon, they will know if the work has paid off.

Prior to 2 p.m. MT on Aug. 27, NFL teams have to reduce their roster to 75 players. The big cut comes four days later on Aug. 31, when teams must have their active/inactive list trimmed to 53 players by 4 p.m. MT.

Here's a look at five players with Utah ties who have had strong performances during the preseason, and the odds they face in turning this into a roster spot:

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