Falcons' Leonard Hankerson catches on while Jerome Smith drops ball

Here are some highs and lows in terms of individual performances from the Atlanta Falcons' 13-9 loss Saturday to the Miami Dolphins:


Paul Worrilow: The middle linebacker continued his impressive preseason by flying all over the field and getting his hands on balls in pass defense. He ran across the field on a third-and-1 play to drop Lamar Miller for a 1-yard loss. Worrilow was credited with a team-high six tackles in limited work.

O'Brien Schofield: Signed for his speed off the edge, Schofield came blazing off the edge and forced a fumble by Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore that was recovered by fellow Falcon Adrian Clayborn. The defensive front continues to do positive things.

Leonard Hankerson: He's still making plays look routine as he caught three passes for a team-high 50 yards, including a play of 28 yards. If Roddy White (elbow surgery) is not back for the season opener, Hankerson appears to be a more than capable replacement.


James Stone: The projected starting left guard took a significant step back in both his pass protection and run blocking. Stone struggled miserably against Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell.

Robert Alford: He's played well most of the offseason and is sure to be an impact player this season, but Alford no doubt would like to take back giving up a 2-yard touchdown reception to Rishard Matthews, who used his body to shield off Alford.

Jerome Smith: It was a questionable call at the end of the game, but the running back was given a fumble that sealed victory for the Dolphins. You never want to see that happen with roster cuts around the corner. And Smith already had a fumble in another preseason game.