AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • A report surfaced Sunday that multiple players on the Dolphins have told their agents to try to execute trades out of Miami. (NFLTR)
  • Barry Jackson reports that Dolphins CB Xavien Howard is not one of these players and Miami has told him that they value him as a player. Jackson says that Howard wants to remain in Miami. 
  • Dolphins HC Brian Flores said he couldn’t speak to the accuracy of that report: “We haven’t received any information like that. We’ve got to focus what’s going on inside our building.” (Adam Beasley)

Jets

Jets K Kaare Vedvik missed both a field goal and an extra point during Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Bills. 

Adam Gase made it clear that they’ve got to figure out their kicking game moving forward. 

“We just have to get better,” Gase said, via Pro Football Talk. “We have to make extra points. We have to make field goals. We can’t be losing points in those areas of the field. . . . We’ll see what happens on Monday. I don’t know. I haven’t had a chance to have a conversation with the personnel guys and see what they want to do. We’ll have more as we go.”

Patriots

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Antonio Brown, tells Tom Curran of NBC Boston that Bill Belichick has asked him to stop commenting on the deal between Brown and the Patriots. 

“At this point he’s a free agent and he’s agreed to terms with the Patriots,” Rosenhaus said. “I’ve been asked by Coach Belichick to not comment so that the focus is on the game and that’s what I will do. I have too much respect and have had too good a relationship with the organization to not respect that.

Adding one of the best wide receivers in the league, and maybe one of the best ever, to the Patriots dynasty has many understandably buzzing. But Patriots QB Tom Brady pumped the brakes on some of the building hype after Sunday’s beatdown of the Steeler’s 

“You know, I think all us players are trying to be the best player that we can be for the team,” Brady said per the team’s official transcript. “There’s a lot of things that play into that, but we’re all trying to reach our highest potential individually so that we can reach our highest potential collectively. It doesn’t come together just because you say, ‘Oh, all you guys are going to come together.’ Antonio’s had a lot of production, Demaryius [Thomas] has had a lot of production, Julian’s had a lot of production, Josh has had a lot of production, Phillip had a great game tonight. So, the point is we’ve got a lot of players that are talented and we’ve just got to figure out how to make it all work. We’re going to work hard. It’s a long year. It’s the beginning of a long marathon and the NFL’s very competitive and it’s going to be a great challenge, but I think we’re all looking forward to it.”

Patriots WR Josh Gordon made his 2019 debut on Sunday night against the Steelers and played well, catching three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. It was a huge impact for a player whose career has teetered on the edge and Gordon says he’s grateful to New England for giving him the chances he needed to turn it around. 

“I’m doing very well. I’m extremely filled with gratitude every day, just enjoying myself,” Gordon said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Coming inside this building, being with this family-oriented type of environment, and just doing what I love to do; there’s nothing better than this, honestly. It’s great.”

  • Per Ben Volin, one NFL executive thinks the Patriots got a good deal with Brown, who has more incentive to behave for New England than he did in Pittsburgh or Oakland: “They have more leverage than he does. He has more of a reason to make it work. … I love the way the transaction is set up for them. There’s more concern on him than the other way around.”

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