For many players, including local products such as Homewood-Flossmoor's Freddie Barnes and Holy Cross's Garrett Wolfe, Thursday night's game in Cleveland may be a last chance to impress before rosters are trimmed to 53 players Saturday.
"For the most part we know what our 54-man roster is going to look like but we want to get one more look at some of the players," Smith said.
At other positions, like nickel back, where Corey Graham and D.J. Moore are competing for playing time, roles are still being defined.
"There are some key battles still going on," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "I always talk about three dogs, one bone and they're all fighting for it. I appreciate that."