Dolphins' defensive tackle Earl Mitchell shines in third preseason game

The Falcons paid extra attention to Ndamukong Suh, making it possible for the Dolphins' Earl Mitchell to get to Matt Ryan early. Lynne Sladky/AP

Here are some highs and lows in terms of individual performance from the Miami Dolphins' preseason win against the Atlanta Falcons:


Earl Mitchell, defensive tackle: Mitchell had his best game of the preseason against Atlanta. He started fast with a tackle for loss and a sack on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the opening defensive drive. Mitchell took advantage of teammate Ndamukong Suh getting double teamed and finished with three tackles (two for loss) and a sack.

Jarvis Landry, wide receiver: Landry has arguably been Miami's most consistent receiver in training camp. He looks poised for another big season and had a big night in limited time against Atlanta. Landry had five receptions for 84 yards. One of his catches was a nice 46-yard reception over the middle where he broke at least three tackles.


Offensive line health: The Dolphins started the game down to their third-string left tackle with Branden Albert (knee) and backup Jason Fox (concussion) injured. Miami also suffered an injury scare Saturday with starting center Mike Pouncey, who tweaked his knee in the first quarter. Pouncey briefly returned the next series but wisely sat late in the first quarter. Miami cannot afford another injury on the offensive line.

John Denney, long snapper: It's rare that you see a bad snap from Denney. He is the Dolphins' longest-tenured player at 11 years for a reason. But once the rain started to pour in the first quarter, Denney muffed a snap to punter Matt Darr. The turnover led to Atlanta's first field goal of the game.