Deuce McAllister: The veteran isn’t used to playing in the final preseason game, but as he continues to come back from his knee maladies, playing on Thursday was important. McAllister churned out 30 first-half yards before yielding to the guys who are really fighting for roster spots. His performance was encouraging.
Lance Moore: It looked like he might have solidified his roster spot by catching a touchdown pass in the second quarter. But that was all he did on Thursday. Is he on the bubble? Maybe. None of the receivers really did a lot on Thursday, and the fact that Moore caught the Saints’ only touchdown will keep him at the forefront of the discussion of the No. 5 and 6 receiver spots.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar: The rookie linebacker had four first-half tackles and finished with seven tackles. His athleticism and his special teams work may earn the undrafted free agent a roster spot come Saturday.
Martin Gramatica: He made his only field goal attempt of the night, a 40-yarder. He remained perfect for the preseason.
Taylor Mehlhaff: He missed his only field goal attempt of the night. That, plus Gramatica’s field goal, may have ended Mehlhaff’s short tenure with the Saints.
Skyler Green: The Saints would have liked to have seen Green do a lot more offensively, as he’s in competition for one of the final roster spots. But he caught just one pass for 15 yards. Green had two kickoff returns for an average of 15 yards. Given the Saints’ other options that may not be enough to keep Green on the roster.
Second-team offense: The Saints generated just 99 yards in total offense. One expects some dropoff from the first to the second team. But not that steep a drop. Ugly.
Tyler Palko: The third-string quarterback went 4-of-14 for 36 yards. One has to wonder if the Saints will keep an eye on the waiver wire this weekend.
OTHER NOTES: The Saints were 3-of-14 on third down during the game … The Saints gained just 1.4 yards per offensive play, well below what the Dolphins were able to muster (4.1 yards). … The Saints held the football just 24:10 on Thursday. … CB Mike McKenzie played and made one tackle, representing one of the few starters to play on Thursday. … The Dolphins lost five fumbles on Thursday.
Matthew Postins is the editor and publisher of saintsinsider.com.