AFC Notes: Colts, Dolphins, Texans



One of the fears from the outside after the Dolphins elected to surprisingly bench QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is how the locker room would react to the popular veteran losing his job when he hadn’t been playing poorly. However, there seems to be genuine excitement for first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa to make his debut, which seems to indicate he’s been strong behind the scenes. 

“I’ve seen a lot of him in practice, how athletic he is, how incredible of a player he is,” Dolphins DE Shaq Lawson said via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “You get to see it Sunday this week. It’s going to be incredible. He’s going to lead his team in the right way.”

While there’s a decent chance the Miami offense takes a step back at some point which could hurt the team’s playoff hopes, the players say that won’t cause any rift. 

“Our locker room, it’s tight. We all believe in one another and believe in Coach Flores and [GM] Chris Grier and [owner] Mr. [Stephen] Ross and everybody that is upstairs making decisions. We all have confidence in Tua to go out and make plays,” Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki added via ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “It’s not going to be like, oh, one series here, one series there and everybody is throwing in the towel. That’s not how it is. We’re all excited, and honestly, I think there’s a lot of trust, a lot of belief in the players that are being put in position on the field on Sundays.”

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says he was told other teams had called the Dolphins regarding CB Xavien Howard but they elected to hold the report until more details became available after speaking to the team.
  • The Dolphins may attempt to get a late draft pick for RB Jordan Howard, who has been inactive for two straight games. (Jackson)
  • Jackson also mentions that Miami may also be searching for help at defensive tackle following a biceps injury sustained by DT Davon Godchaux.


  • Per the Athletic’s Aaron Reiss, Texans DC Anthony Weaver says they won’t move S Lonnie Johnson back to corner even with CB Bradley Roby injured: “We’d be doing the kid a bit of a disservice if we keep bouncing him from position to position. Right now, Lonnie is a safety.”
  • Texans OL coach Mike Devlin says veteran Senio Kelemete earned the starting job over second-year G Max Scharping: “With this crazy year, a lot of second-year players, that time missed in the spring and training camp, when he came back didn’t see the jump or leap you would expect. Kelemete was being more productive in all facets.” (Aaron Wilson)

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