But few more are. Even some of the team's most steady veterans, such as RB Frank Gore and CB Vontae Davis, must continue to produce to prove their worth to a team we expect to look vastly different over the coming months.
The offseason was fairly busy as it was. But Ballard has taken some very interesting swings in the past week alone, trading away a former first-round pick (WR Phillip Dorsett) for a third-string quarterback (Jacoby Brissett), cutting a fourth-round pick Ballard himself signed off on in April (OT Zach Banner) and claiming five players (including former third-round RB Matt Jones) in what was one of the busiest roster swirls in the league around cutdowns.
At one point, QB Stephen Morris was considered a possible Week 1 fallback option with Luck out; instead, Morris was cut and replaced by Brissett. Additionally, the team axed C Brian Schwenke, who was considered a possible replacement for the injured Kelly. Schwenke was one of four Ballard signings this offseason — along with P Jeff Locke, LB Sean Spence and TE Brandon Williams — who was shown the door this week.