AFC Notes: Colts, Dolphins, Jets, Titans



Colts GM Chris Ballard feels they are still “in the hunt” for a playoff berth after losing to the Steelers in Week 9. 

We’re in a good place. We’re 5-3, we’re in the hunt,” said Ballard, via Andrew Walker of the team’s official site. “We thought we would be in the hunt, we still think that we have a very good football team. Unfortunate on Sunday, but we lost the game. I learned a long time being in this league that a lot of times more games are lost than won, and, you know, when you have untimely penalties, when you turn the football over — especially on the road against a good football team in Pittsburgh — on the road, it is difficult to win when you make mistakes. And our team knows that, and that was uncharacteristic of the way that we play, and it caught up to us.”

Regarding Colts’ backup QB Brian Hoyer filling in for Jacoby Brissett (knee), Ballard said their coaching staff feels the veteran is a “really good fit” for their offense. 

“I feel very fortunate to have Brian here. Sometimes the timing — I remember when we were kind of digging through and trying to figure out where we were going to go with the backup position, Todd Vasvari, one of our pro scouts that’s been here a long time, came in and said, ‘Look, Brian Hoyer has come available. I’ve studied him and think he’d really help us.’ So we put our eyes on the tape some more and thought he’d be a really good fit for us. So fortunate (for) great work by Todd, but also fortunate to have (Hoyer).”

As for the Colts’ activity at the trade deadline, Ballard said they had “lines in the water” but did not feel they were getting the proper compensation in any possible deals. 

“Well, I’ll say this: the media makes more of the trade deadline, I think, than teams make of the trade deadline. But I will say this: we definitely had lines in the water. You always do. I mean, we all take calls, we all listen, and then we do what’s best, we think, for the team. And at the time we just didn’t think we found a fit, both from a compensation standpoint and also who we were going to bring in the building, just the timing and the fit didn’t work out.



  • Jets HC Adam Gase told reporters on Friday that he spoke with S Jamal Adams this week regarding the fallout after the team listened to trade offers for him leading up to the deadline: “I talked to him Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. For me, I was moved on. I told him I was like, ‘Man, just keep trying to lead and play well. Do everything you can to help us win.’” (Manish Mehta)
  • Gase said of RB Le’Veon Bell and TE Chris Herndon‘s availability for Sunday’s game against the Giants: “It looks good.” (Manish Mehta)
  • The New York Jets officially ruled out LB C.J. Mosley (groin) for Week 10 and list LB Neville Hewitt (knee, neck), C Ryan Kalil (knee), and CB Darryl Roberts (calf) as doubtful.
  • The Jets also have DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), RB Le’Veon Bell (knee, ankle), TE Christopher Herndon (hamstring), LB Jordan Jenkins (calf), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), and G Brian Winters (knee, shoulder) down as questionable.


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