Here we are folks. Week one officially starts tomorrow night with the Patriots and the Steelers kicking things off on what has become a traditional Thursday Night kickoff.
Who made the roster and who didn't? Instead of rehashing meaningless stats to close out the preseason, let's quickly give you a "who's in and who's out" list of players, and where to find them.
Dez Bryant (WR) Dallas Cowboys - Dez is locked and loaded for another Pro Bowl season with the Cowboys. Dez and the Cowboys open the season against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.
Joseph Randle (RB) Dallas Cowboys - Randle was expected to take over for Demarco Murray this season but the latest reports are that former Razorback Darren McFadden will start the season as the leader of the running back by committee situation in Dallas. The Cowboys also traded for former Texas A&M Aggie Chrstine Michael recently, clouding things even further as the Cowboys enter week one. This should be interesting to watch transpire.
Dan Bailey (K) Dallas Cowboys - Bailey is ready to roll for another season as one of the more reliable kickers in the game.
Brandon Weeden (QB) Dallas Cowboys - After a good off-season where Weeden was reportedly the "most improved Cowboy" Weeden enters the season as the backup to Tony Romo. It was a good sign that no other veterans were brought in to compete with Weeden. He's one Romo injury away from being the starter of one of the marquee NFL teams.
Tyler Patmon (CB) Dallas Cowboys - Patmon is slotted to start at the nickel corner position for the Cowboys. He should be challenged week one as the Giants like to move Odell Beckham Jr. all over the field.
Perrish Cox (CB) Tennessee Titans - Cox is set to start for the Titans, a first for Cox in the NFL. After playing backup roles in Denver and San Francisco, Cox get's his chance to star in Nashville.
Justin Gilbert (CB) Cleveland Browns - Gilbert desperately needs a good 2015. He had a really rough training camp and preseason. He can't be trusted by the Cleveland coaches as they enter the season against the New York Jets in week one. If he fails to make an impact this year, it could be his last in a Cleveland Brown uniform, and maybe in the NFL.
Kevin Williams (DT) New Orleans Saints - Williams is a projected starter for the Saints as they open the season versus the Cardinals. Williams will make his Saints debut against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.
Lane Taylor (G ) Green Bay Packers - Taylor enters the season as the backup left guard for the Packers who open the season against the Chicago Bears Sunday. Here's a cool article on Taylor's improvement with the Packers.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE) Detroit Lions - Pettigrew has transitioned to more of a blocking role after the Lions drafted Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. He has done well there and has cemented himself at the tight end position with the Lions. Pettigrew and the Lions open the season against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Russell Okung (LT) Seattle Seahawks - Okung is set to anchor the offensive line again in Seattle. The Seahawks open the season Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Who's (sadly) Out:
Kendall Hunter (RB) San Francisco 49ers - Hunter was seemingly on his way to a roster spot behind Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush but was placed on season ending injured reserve. This could be the end of the road for Hunter with the 49ers and possibly in the NFL.
Josh Stewart (WR) - After last year's achilles injury Stewart was brought back this pre-season by the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately he was cut on September 3rd and wasn't placed on the practice squad. It's very likely that this is the end of the road for Stewart's NFL career. Stewart could be picked back up if a necessity at the position comes up.
Josh Furman (S) - Furman was a 7th round pick by the Denver Broncos but was cut and wasn't retained on the practice squad. The broncos could pick him up if an injury occurs.
Orie Lemon (LB) - Lemon was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in 10 games for the Bucs last season and has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys as well. Lemon's experience in the Bucs system should give him a leg up if a spot were to open up.
So this is it for the Pokes this season. Who's your team? Who are you looking forward to watching this year?