AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots


Dolphins WR DeVante Parker left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. 

When asked about Parker, Dolphins HC Brian Flores said they plan to evaluate him over the next week before deciding on his Week 2 status. 

“He’s in there,” Flores said. “We’ll take a look at him over the course of the week. I don’t have a status update. Obviously he didn’t return, so we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow and in the coming days.

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the team’s starter for now and isn’t in danger of ceding his job to first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa yet. But a few more performances like Fitzpatrick’s three-interception game on Sunday against the Patriots might change that. 

“Had some spurts there where we’re moving the ball, but obviously with turnovers, those are huge,” Flores said via Pro Football Talk. “I mean, we talk about that a lot as a team. It’s tough to win when you turn the ball over. But I do think he had some, put some drives together. We need to finish the one. Just too many turnovers at the end of the day.”

  • Flores confirmed Fitzpatrick will start Week 2 against the Bills. (Cameron Wolfe)
  • The Dolphins hosted C Tyler Gauthier for a visit. (Aaron Wilson)


Jets HC Adam Gase admitted he should not have let RB Le’Veon Bell keep playing after he appeared to injure his hamstring on a target in the second quarter. Bell tried to go back in during the second half but lasted just a few snaps as the injury clearly had him out of sorts. 

“That play looked bad,” Gase said via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “I’m watching, and I thought it was going to be a touchdown, then he got grabbed. And kind of the way he planted and torqued, it looked really bad. I saw him grab his hamstring and he wouldn’t come out. We come in at halftime. I let him go back in there. I was worried about it, and we were eventually like, ‘I can’t put you in there. We can’t take a chance on getting more hurt than you already are.'”

  • Bell and Jets LB Blake Cashman (groin) are both expected to be out a couple of weeks, per Gase. (Connor Hughes)
  • Gase also responded “we’ll see” about fourth-round RB La’Mical Perine‘s status for Week 2. (Hughes)


New Patriots QB Cam Newton turned in a vintage performance in his first-ever game in New England, turning 15 carries into 75 yards and two touchdowns and completing another 15 passes out of 19 attempts for 155 yards in a 21-11 win. The 15 rushing attempts were the second-most of Newton’s career despite all the durability questions he faced coming into 2020 but the veteran said he’s not worried. 

“That’s just been me,” Newton said during a Monday appearance on WEEI per ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Every year, a new discussion comes up about ‘It’s not smart to run. It’s not smart to do this. It’s not smart to do that.’ But at the end of the day, I just feel as if whatever necessary way you have to go about winning a football game, that’s what you have to do.”

“There’s many different ways to attack a defense, and having a quarterback run is just another added dimension that a lot of teams can’t have. Yet through it all, I have to make a conscientious decision each and every time I do run the ball to be smart. Not to get ahead of myself and trying to prove a point. As long as I run and take care of myself and get down when need be, then I feel like everything will be OK.”

  • Patriots HC Bill Belichick said Sunday wasn’t necessarily an indicator of the type of workload they’d ask Newton to do regularly: “Some of those runs were option type runs. We don’t know who’s going to get the ball… We’ll see how teams play us going forward.” (Michael Giardi)
  • Patriots sixth-round G Michael Onwenu saw some time at right tackle and as a jumbo set tight end Sunday, as he impressed Belichick: “Mike’s earned playing time, and he’s been able to play different spots for us.” (Zack Cox)

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