AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots



Dolphins veteran DE Cameron Wake says he’s willing to accept a scaled-back role in 2018 if it’s what best for the team.

“Could I play every down? Obviously, yes, I’ve shown that,” Wake said, via Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post. “Is that in the best interest of the team? Is that in the best interest of myself? Question mark.

“I don’t have this ‘Everybody look at me. I must be the starter.’ That’s not my mentality. I want to do whatever is going to help the entirety of the team, the entirety of the defense. So, if it means me being a third-down guy, let’s do it. If it means I have to start and play every down, I’ll take that role on, too.

Wake added that he “feel[s] as good as [he’s] ever felt” right now.

“I feel as good as I’ve ever felt,” Wake said. “But as you get closer to tapping out, as you battle Father Time, you have to do as much as you can as far as wisdom of the game. To be able to play at 36 and have that wisdom, you can be successful. I’m looking forward to it.”


Jets G Brian Winters dealt with abdomen and abductor muscles tears last year, which resulted in him eventually undergoing surgery in December.

It was horrendous,” Winters said of the injuries, via the New York Post. “I wouldn’t give that to even my worst enemy. It was something that was very tough and hurtful, from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed. Not only when I was doing stuff. Just walking in general was painful.”

  • Brian Costello mentions that Winters will need to return to his prior form in 2018 if he’s going to remain with the team in the coming years. The Jets could move on from Winters next year and clear $6.5 million of cap room, as there won’t be any more guaranteed money included in his contract.


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