Atlanta Falcons vs Miami Dolphins: The good, the bad, the ugly

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Aug 29, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates (13) hands off to running back Jerome Smith (34) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot to learn from the Atlanta Falcons’ 13-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the third preseason game. The starters dominated against the Titans and Jets, but life was much trickier in this one. Matt Ryan and the offense weren’t able to move the ball with ease like they did in the other two games. In fact, they struggled to move the ball at all.

Defensively, it was much more promising for Atlanta. The pass rush was there once again and barring one touchdown drive, the Falcons were able to keep a talented offense out of the end zone. This was done without Desmond Trufant, too, who sat out again.

Preseason is a time for evaluation. Which players can be put in tough spots and handle it? Which players can contribute down the stretch when injuries mount? Key roster decisions are made in these four weeks, so it’s important for those on the bubble of the roster to take their opportunity.

As ever in these games, with experimentation comes reward, but also struggles. Which Falcons performed particularly well and who raised concerns?

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