AFC Notes: Dolphins, Patriots, Raiders



  • Veteran defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has spent the week visiting with the Dolphins, but Barry Jackson reports that there is no discussion of him joining the team’s coaching staff.


Patriots WR Chris Hogan mentioned that his experience making the transition to the Patriots will allow him to help newly signed WR Eric Decker get up to speed.

“Well, I’ve been in that position before,” Hogan said, via Pro Football Talk. “You know, been in different offenses and then come to a new place and you know there’s a lot of information that probably gets thrown at you at once so you just kind of have to dissect that. Whatever best ways that they do that or you know, for me it was just kind of segmenting it out. And just answering any questions that he has. So for a guy like Eric [Decker] that’s been in the league for a while now, I’m sure he has a process of learning how he learns and he’s going to go about doing that the way that he does it. Just kind of be a guy that he can come to for questions and you know, give him answers the best way I can.”

[W]hen you’re out there on the field and a day like today when we’re working kind of situationally and working on routes, stuff on the side, I think there’s a — you know you can tell that maybe if he’s not going to ask a question or he’s a little unsure on how to do things, try to be that guy in that room that’s going to [say], ‘This is how Tommy wants it done or this is how we’ve been doing it in the past,’ because for someone who’s been on a couple different teams, they do it differently in different places so just kind of help him, show him the way of how we do it here,” Hogan added.

  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots signed WR Eric Decker to a one-year contract worth $1.9 million that can increase to $2.5M based on the number of receptions he has this year.
  • Doug Kyed notes that former Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich was on the practice field Saturday assisting the team’s defensive coaching staff.


Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was asked Saturday if there was “any movement” on a new contract for DE Khalil Mack.

He’s not here,” McKenzie said, per Paul Gutirrez. “The only movement I want is to see him here. I want him here. He will make our defense so much better when he gets here.

  • Vic Tafur reports that Raiders CB Daryl Worley pleaded guilty on June 18 to DUI, carrying firearms in public and resisting arrest charges. Worley has been sentenced to three days jail and two years of probation for the matter.

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