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Here’s how Miami Hurricanes rookies fared in their first NFL preseason

Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Mark Walton warms up before a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 26.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Mark Walton warms up before a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 26. AP

With the NFL preseason coming to an end Thursday, 11 former Miami Hurricanes football players made their first impressions on the league.

A fair amount of these rookies are locks to make rosters once cuts are finalized on Saturday. Others will be sweating it out during the next couple days.

Here’s a look at how each former UM player fared during the exhibition slate, organized alphabetically by team:

Kendrick Norton, Carolina Panthers

Norton, a seventh-round draft pick hoping to earn a backup role as a rookie defensive tackle, finished with three tackles.

Mark Walton, Cincinnati Bengals

Walton, whose final season at Miami was cut short by an ankle injury, had mixed performances in his first NFL preseason. His final numbers: 22 carries, 21 yards and a touchdown. He also added a catch for 5 yards. As a fourth-round pick, Walton will likely be on the roster. His best-case scenario is as the No. 3 tailback behind Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard.

Chad Thomas, Cleveland Browns

Thomas was Miami’s first player off the board in the draft this year as the No. 67 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. The defensive end recorded two tackles in three games and seems destined for a backup spot and special teams duties early on.

Mike Badgley, Indianapolis Colts

Badgley made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 3-for-3 outing that featured a 51-yarder against the San Francisco 49ers. With Adam Vinatieri still going strong at age 45, Badgley likely won’t be on the Colts’ roster but showed enough that he could potentially find another landing spot after roster cuts are made.

Dee Delaney and Kc McDermott, Jacksonville Jaguars

Delaney, hoping to go from undrafted free agent to backup defensive back, made his biggest statement Thursday by recording four tackles, three pass deflections and an interception in extended playing time against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McDermott, an undrafted free agent offensive lineman who is likely on the outside looking in with Jacksonville, appeared in all four preseason games.

Anthony Moten, Miami Dolphins

Moten, an undrafted free agent defensive tackle likely on the outside looking in with the Dolphins, recorded five tackles in four preseason games.

Braxton Berrios, New England Patriots

Berrios, a seventh-round pick by the Patriots after a strong senior season for the Hurricanes, was mainly a nonfactor for New England this preseason. He caught one pass for 3 yards, returned a punt for 2 yards and added 13 yards on a kickoff return in the Patriots’ preseason opener. He sat out the final three games with an undisclosed injury. His spot on New England’s roster isn’t safe by any means, but with the Patriots needing to make up for the loss of Julian Edelman (suspension) during their first four games, keeping Barrios around is in the realm of possibility if his injury is minor.

RJ McIntosh, New York Giants

McIntosh, a defensive tackle drafted by the Giants in the fifth round, has been on New York’s active/non-football illness list and has not seen action since signing his rookie contract. It’s rare to see a drafted rookie get cut, but it might not be out of the realm of possibility.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets

Herndon, a fourth-round pick, played in just one preseason game and did not catch a pass, but reports indicate the Jets have liked what they have seen from him during training camp and practice. With the Jets’ starting tight end spot there for the taking, expect Herndon to get some opportunities early in the season.

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