Check out the best photos on the field from the Saints preseason battle against the Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The usual suspects all were on the sideline, wearing baseball caps and hoodies, sweats and shorts, directed to sit this one out and not risk injury.
That's par for the course in the preseason finale, so the New Orleans Saints' 16-13 loss to Miami on Thursday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome didn't feature the names that fans have grown accustomed to seeing make plays.
That work was left for others, and several were notable.
OFFENSE: The Saints have a really, really good quarterback room and if you didn't think that was the case before preseason, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill should have changed your mind by now. Against the Dolphins, they combined to complete 22 of 30 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. Each was accurate and displayed poise in the pocket. As usual, Hill was the more effective runner (five carries, 35 yards, but) he again showed that he's much more than a runner. Bridgewater was perfect on his 43-yard hookup with Lil'Jordan Humphrey down the middle, and just as good on his 12-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Butler. The Saints won't blink hard if either is pressed into duty for a regular-season game.
DEFENSE: There's a decent chance that when rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson hits an opponent, the opponent is going to go backward, or sideways. Gardner-Johnson arrives with bad intentions, and that's a good thing. He had five tackles against the Dolphins, including a tackle for loss, and he's learning the nuances of playing multiple positions. But while he's learning, he's still hitting.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Pretty quiet night, until you notice that Thomas Morstead punted four times for a 49-yard average and a 47.3-yard net, and three of them were inside the 20. He's ridiculously good, so much that you take for granted the advantage he provides the Saints.