Former Mizzou players make final impressions to NFL teams

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Several former Mizzou players are guarantees for their teams, while others are on the bubble.

Earlier this summer we gave you a look at all of the Missouri Tigers in training camps. The former Mizzou players wrapped up the preseason Thursday, and it was the final chance for many of them to make the team.

Here’s a look at where the players stand after Thursday night:

None of the quarterbacks played. Chase Daniel is a lock to make the Chicago Bears while Blaine Gabbert (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Drew Lock (Denver Broncos) are injured for now. It’s possible the two end up on injured reserve for half of the season, but they’ll remain with their clubs.

Three Missouri centers will start the year for their teams. Justin Britt (Seattle Seahawks) and Connor McGovern (Denver Broncos) are back with their teams while Mitch Morse (Buffalo Bills), who missed all of the month in the concussion protocol, signed the highest contract among centers to join his new team and now is cleared to play Week 1. Evan Boehm (Indianapolis Colts) is on the bubble. Long snapper Beau Brinkley will be back for the Tennessee Titans.

Markus Golden (New York Giants) and Sheldon Richardson (Cleveland Browns) are expected to bring a major impact to their new teams. Neither played Thursday. Charles Harris (Miami Dolphins) stepped up big this preseason and looks more like the former first-round draft pick the Dolphins spent on him in 2017. There’s talk of the Dolphins adding Jadeveon Clowney (perhaps the players won’t allow it), and that could impact Harris.

Shane Ray of the Baltimore Ravens is on the camp bubble. He had one tackle in Thursday’s game against Washington. Green Bay Packers wide receiver J’Mon Moore and quarterback Deshone Kizer had a miscue that led to a Kansas City Chiefs interception. Moore could be cut Saturday.

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Buffalo Bills running back Marcus Murphy took a 79-yard punt return to the end zone in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. Murphy’s take probably puts him on the team. Kentrell Brothers is in a camp battle to be a reserve linebacker again for the Minnesota Vikings. He had three tackles and a pass deflection in the Bills game.

Sean Culkin has a great chance to stick around with the Los Angeles Chargers. But on Thursday, he dropped a wide open touchdown from QB Cardale Jones, then Jones repaid the misconnection by misfiring on a throw to an open Culkin in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers.

Terry Beckner Jr. recorded two tackles in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win over the Dallas Cowboys. He should make the team. Emanuel Hall was waived by the Chicago Bears and claimed by the Buccaneers earlier this month. He did not play for the Bucs in their third preseason game and didn’t record a stat against the Dallas Cowboys, so it will be hard for him to make the team. Marcus Lucas led the Cowboys with five receptions against the Buccaneers. He was signed during the middle of training camp and did his best to turn a long shot into a solid chance.

New York Giants may keep swing tackle Paul Adams as he’s had a good camp. Same goes to New England Patriots linebacker Terez Hall, who started Thursday’s game against the Giants. Hall had four solo tackles and a pass defensed.

Damarea Crockett finished off a solid preseason with seven carries for 14 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. He probably makes the Texans team and contributes immediately. Rams tight end Kendall Blanton scored a touchdown and caught two passes for 22 yards. He is a borderline guy who should at the very least end up on the practice squad. Walter Palmore recorded five solo tackles and six total to go with two quarterback hits in a good finish for the Texans. For that performance be enough is tough to say, however.

Ziggy Hood played a little bit for the New Orleans Saints against this former team in the Miami Dolphins. Hood signed just before training camp and likely makes the team. How he played Thursday probably didn’t make Dolphins fans feel too good about letting him walk this offseason. He had a QB hit, a sack and a tackle for a loss in Thursday’s finale.

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EJ Gaines had an injury settlement with the Buffalo Bills. He may need some time to heal but likely gets another look or two before next year.