AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Ravens

     

Dolphins

While the Dolphins are 1-3 and starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been underwhelming, Miami still doesn’t seem ready to hand over the job to first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa. For now, the rookie is watching, waiting and learning to prepare for his chance, which could come unexpectedly. 

“He’s one play away from having to play. I feel like he’ll go in and play well,” Dolphins OC Chan Gailey said via ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “He hadn’t been in a game at all so it’ll be a new experience for him. He’ll have to go in there with eyes wide open; but I think knowing the person that he is and knowing the type of preparation that he puts in, I think he’s going to be ready when his time is called.”

  • Dolphins CB Byron Jones was a full participant in practice on Thursday for the first time this season. (Joe Schad)

Jets

  • The Jets are working out veteran K Lirim Hajrullahu, formerly with the Rams and the CFL. (Aaron Wilson)

Ravens

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said he’s frustrated by their offense currently ranking No. 31 in passing. 

“No, I’m not happy because I would like to connect with my guys on those passes,” Jackson said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I feel like there are a lot of yards and touchdowns we’ve been leaving on the field when we don’t connect. That’s probably why our passing isn’t where it’s supposed to be. But I feel it’s early in the season.”

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said there are many aspects the offense could improve in but their passing attack is not their primary standard for success.

“There are a lot of things we can get better at,” Harbaugh said. “You work on all those things all the time and try to improve as best you can. We understand what the issues are, and we study them very closely. It’s not something I really want to broadcast.”

As for Jackson’s inaccuracy on deep passes, the quarterback said he’s hopeful to build a better rapport with the receivers in practice. 

“We’re just not hitting them,” Jackson said. “We just need to get in practice and start connecting there, and then it will transition over to the game. We’ll be fine.” 

  • Regarding Jackson’s knee injury and illness, Tom Pelissero reports that both are considered minor and he should play on Sunday. 
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