AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Tom Brady, Patriots

Dolphins

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has been working his way back from a finger injury, but he says he’s doing much better right now.

“It does, actually,” Parker said, via the Palm Beach Post. “Big difference.

Parker added that he spoke with Dolphins HC Adam Gase about why he was held out of Week 2’s game, even though he felt like he was ready to return.

“He just told me it wouldn’t hurt to just have an extra couple of days to make sure my hand gets enough rest,” Parker said. “I was OK with that.”

However, it remains to be seen whether he’ll return this weekend.

Tom Brady

An unnamed assistant coach for the Patriots tells Ian O’Connor that the coaching staff in New England doesn’t view QB Tom Brady as being “as special as everyone else in football does.”

[If] you gave us any of the top 15 [quarterbacks in the NFL], we could do it,” the unnamed assistant coach said, via NBC Sports Boston. “I don’t think the coaches view Tom as special as everyone else in football does. [Owner Robert Kraft] thinks Tom is the greatest gift ever, but the coaches don’t.

Patriots

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski told reporters that WR Josh Gordon’s “size with his speed is great,” but he tried to temp expectations for him in New England.

Yes, definitely. I mean, you can’t really worry about what’s going on,” Gronkowski said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’ve got to really focus on what I’ve got to do too. And being here, there really isn’t too much excitement. So, I don’t know. … Getting excited is kind of scary.

  • Gronkowski (ankle) and Gordon (hamstring) both put in limited practices on Thursday.

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