AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Dolphins

  • Per ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe, Dolphins HC Brian Flores says first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa is doing everything that everyone else is doing so he’s been removed from the injury report. 
  • Flores noted WR DeVante Parker didn’t do a lot in practice Wednesday and is still uncertain for Sunday. (Wolfe)
  • Flores mentioned LB Elandon Roberts‘ concussion symptoms cropped up the day after the game. It’s still possible he plays Sunday. (Armando Salguero)

Jets

  • Per Brian Costello of the New York Post, Jets WR Jamison Crowder missed practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. 
  • Crowder shouldn’t need to go on injured reserve but his status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is up in the air. (Connor Hughes)
  • After being limited in practice Wednesday, Jets first-round LT Mekhi Becton (knee) came out fine and should be a full participant Thursday. (Costello)

Patriots

Patriots WR N’Keal Harry had a forgettable rookie season that extended to Week 1 when the 2019 first-round pick fumbled a ball out of the endzone for a touchback. However, Harry’s quarterback, Cam Newton, stuck up for him and pointed out the true fact that it was Harry’s best game as a Patriot with five catches for 39 yards. 

“Let’s just put a lot of things into perspective here,” Newton said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Did he have a good game? Yes, he did. I think that one play overshadowed the production he did have. He bailed me out on a play, on a kind of inaccurate pass that he came down with and got the first down. He did pretty good in the run game. He had a couple contested catches. And all that was kind of for naught because a lot of people focused on the fumble.”

  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell notes it appears the Patriots are using WR Julian Edelman exclusively as a slot receiver, with Harry and WR Damiere Byrd getting the nod outside in two-receiver sets. Edelman still led the team with seven targets. 
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