AFC Notes: Jaguars, Jets, Patriots



  • The Jaguars made the decision to bench veteran Nick Foles at halftime on Sunday and go with Gardner Minshew for the remainder of the game. 
  • Jaguars HC Doug Marrone told reporters after the game that he won’t announce who will start at quarterback for next week until he speaks first to both Minshew and Foles. (John Reid)


  • Jets S Jamal Adams left the locker room following Sunday’s game with a walking boot on his left foot. Adams was reportedly in tears and explained that he was hurt on the first series and stayed in, but was ineffective. (Rich Cimini)
  • According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Jets CB Arthur Maulet and sixth-round rookie CB Blessuan Austin have secured starting jobs in part because of their willingness to tackle. 


After presumed DC Greg Schiano left the team back in May, the Patriots have operated without a de facto defensive coordinator on their staff this season. One of the coaches who’s taken on a much larger leadership role is Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick, the son of Patriots HC Bill Belichick. After Schiano left, Steve Belichick had the most experience in New England’s system of any defensive coach remaining on the staff. 

“I think I’ve grown every year, in having more and different responsibilities every year. It’s been a lot of fun. I guess you have to ask other people for a more detailed evaluation, but I’m happy to still be here eight years later,” Steve Belichick said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “There’s a lot of turnover in this business, which I’ve lived it my whole life, so I’m just happy to have some roots here.”

  • Reiss mentions the Patriots have been happy with LB Elandon Roberts‘ spot duties at fullback and could increase his role there. 
  • According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots took two different team planes to Houston — one with healthy players and one with players battling various illnesses. 
  • Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports the window has officially closed for the Patriots to bring back TE Rob Gronkowski from retirement. 

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