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Mixed day for Holmes in NFL pre-season finale

NFL hopeful and former NRL star Valentine Holmes had a mixed day in his final chance to secure a spot on the New York Jets' 53-man roster for the upcoming season.

Holmes had five catches for 55 yards to finish the match as the Jets' leader in that category. 

His highlight was a 27-yard reception during the third quarter.

The Australian's work as a running back was far less effective as his five rushes resulted in a net result of zero yards. He longest run of the match was for three yards.

With the Jets opting not to use any of the four running backs they're expected to name when they finalise their 53-man roster by early Sunday morning (4pm on August 31, US time) and just three of the seven wide receivers, the final pre-season hitout provided a chance for players on the periphery to stake a late claim.

The Jets scored a 6-0 win over the Philadephia in a dour affair. The final pre-season matches of the NFL pre-season are traditionally devoid of players (especially on offence) expected to feature heavily in the season proper.

Having come through the International Player Pathway Program, the 24-year-old is assured of a place in the team's practice squad if he fails to get a spot in the 53-man roster.

With Le'Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell to start the season as the Jets' preferred running backs, Holmes appears set to continue to learn the game during the upcoming season.

Several US media reports have not included Holmes in their predicted Jets rosters.

Injuries or poor form may open the door for the Sharks, Maroons and Australia representative to be elevated into the game-day squad.

Four 2018 program participants - Moritz Böhringer (Cincinnati Bengals), Christopher Ezeala (Baltimore Ravens), Tigie Sankoh (Cleveland Browns) and Christian Scotland-Williamson (Pittsburgh Steelers) - will return to their NFC North teams for the 2019 season.

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