"Coach wants to see you & and bring your playbook."
Those are the words no NFL player wants to hear this time of year. It means that you didn't make it -- your dreams didn't come true. All of the hard work, sacrifice and preparation wasn't good enough for you to make the team. It's devastating, and to this day it's hard to describe the emotions I have on the day that the final 53-man rosters are set and countless players are told that they aren't quite good enough.
In 2001, I knew it was coming. I was a camp arm -- Elvis Grbac, Randall Cunningham and Chris Redman (who was drafted in the third round in 2000) were the other quarterbacks on the roster, and judging by the way the reps were going in practice, the handwriting was on the wall. But that didn't make me feel any better. In fact, as the NFL Films cameras followed me down the hallway to Brian Billick's office, it was as if they were pouring salt in a fresh wound.
Yes, not only was I getting cut, but "Hard Knocks" was going to film it for the world to see. And if that wasn't humiliating enough, I was driven to the airport as the sole passenger on a bus that could accommodate 100.
Getting cut is brutal -- never mind having it happen on camera -- but that is how the NFL works. Players are given the opportunity to prove their value to their team during training camp and preseason games. Some enter camp on the roster bubble, some are long shots, and others are a lock. But during that time, their value as a player changes. Guys prove they can do it or that they can't, and the teams respond accordingly.
So in the spirit of getting called by "the Turk" on final cuts, here are a few guys who have changed their value for me in fantasy terms this preseason, in order of their current average draft position (ADP) in ESPN drafts.