Players to Watch: How They Did

Before the preseason game at Carolina, we highlighted eight players to watch. Here's a look at how those players fared in the 23-17 loss against the Panthers.

RB Lamar Miller

What we wrote before the game: He looked tentative running the ball and returning kickoffs last week against Tampa Bay. It would be nice to see more from him.

How he played against Carolina: Miller looked better than he did in the preseason opener and was a factor in the passing game. He didn't return a kickoff.

TE Michael Egnew

What we wrote before the game: Sure, it's just a TV show, but "Hard Knocks" didn't portray the third-round pick in a great light and he seemed to fight the ball in the preseason opener. He'll make the 53-man roster, but he needs to pick up his game if he is to have a role this season.

How he played against Carolina: Uh-oh, Egnew had a bad drop the first time he was targeted. He came back to catch the second pass thrown his way, but it was still a forgettable night.

TE Les Brown

What we wrote before the game: Yes, he's a great story and he's got great physical attributes, but he needs to show more to convince the Dolphins he deserves a spot on the roster.

How he played against Carolina: Brown got into the game in the second half but didn't make a catch. While his playing time was limited, he again didn't show the ability to create separation.

G John Jerry

What we wrote before the game: He got some practice time with the first-team offensive line this week and he needs to parlay that into a good showing in a game.

How he played against Carolina: Jerry came into the game at right guard in the second quarter and didn't stand out one way or another, although the offensive line as a whole had a bad first half.

DE Derrick Shelby

What we wrote before the game: The rookie free agent has drawn a lot of attention in recent days and he could be on the verge of earning a roster spot.

How he played against Carolina: Shelby continued his push. He had four tackles, a sack, another tackle for loss and a forced fumble. He probably was the team's most productive defensive lineman.

G Eric Steinbach

What we wrote before the game: We're getting close to reaching the time when the veteran needs to make a push if he's to challenge for a starting job.

How he played against Carolina: He didn't. Steinbach was among those players who didn't dress against the Panthers. He was listed being missing because of a knee injury.

WR Clyde Gates

What we wrote before the game: The 2011 fourth-round pick still has potentially game-changing speed, but he needs to start showing the coaches it can be useful in a game.

How he played against Carolina: This actually was a game where Gates was a factor. He had one catch for 9 yards and also forced a pass-interference penalty. It was far from an eye-catching performance, but at least it was something.

S Tyrell Johnson

What we wrote before the game: The free agent pick-up who once started 15 games for the Vikings is no lock to make the team because he has done little to stand out so far.

How he played against Carolina: Johnson made his presence felt for the first time since training camp started. He showed good speed on the field in chasing plays down from behind and finished second on the team with five tackles.


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