Emmanuel Butler #17 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball for a touchdown as Torry McTyer #24 of the Miami Dolphins defends during the first half of an NFL preseason game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 29, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
(AP) Jake Rudock passed for 229 yards and one touchdown for Miami as the Dolphins beat the Saints in their NFL preseason finale 16-13 on Thursday night.
The Dolphins announced after the game that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1.
Emmanuel Butler caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for New Orleans, demonstrating why Saints coaches appear to be preparing the 6-foot-4 undrafted rookie out of Northern Arizona for a regular role in the passing game. Butler's score came on a pass down the right side from backup Teddy Bridgewater, who started while 40-year-old record-setting quarterback Drew Brees rested.
Veteran running back Jacquizz Rodgers, signed after training camp started, scored a touchdown to highlight his 33 yards on seven carries. He also caught a pass for 9 yards in his effort to latch on as a reserve behind Alvin Kamara.
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