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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Several Patriots players, along with head coach Bill Belichick, spoke to reporters after a season-opening 17-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Here are some of the most notable postgame comments…

  • Running Back Damien Harris

    On his fourth-quarter fumble:

    “What’s most important to me is the fact that we didn’t win the game first and foremost, and then the play that happened, I mean, I’m ready to move on. It’s a tough play. It’s part of the game, but you know, I hold myself accountable, and I’ll continue to do that. Like I said, I’m just ready to move forward, and I’m not going to let it define me as a player.”

  • Quarterback Mac Jones

    On why he didn’t want to take the ball after his first career touchdown:

    “Because it doesn’t really matter. It was one touchdown. We’ve got to score more. It’s not like the game was over right there. We’ve got to do better in the red zone and get more touchdowns, and we will.”

  • Head coach Bill Belichick

    On the team’s overall performance:

    “Look, there were some good things there, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. We didn’t play well enough in any phase of the game – offense, defense, special teams. We were enough to be competitive, enough to lose by a point, but it’s not enough to win. We’ve got to play better and coach better. We’ve just got to do a better job.”

  • Running Back James White

    On whether he spoke to Damien Harris about his fumble:

    Yeah, I talked to him. Obviously, one play isn’t the reason why we lost the football game. There were many plays that we left out there and that’s what I told him. He played a very good football game aside from that and he’s a great player. He has a lot of talent. He’s going to keep competing. I told him it’s a long season to go and we’re going to need him, so he’s got to keep his head up.”

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: James White #28 of the New England Patriots makes a catch past the reach of Jerome Baker #55 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 12: James White #28 of the New England Patriots makes a catch past the reach of Jerome Baker #55 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Linebacker Matt Judon

    On the defense’s increased confidence throughout the game:

    “We’re not going to back down and be scared of anybody the whole season. We go out there as a unit and you do one-eleventh of your job. As a defense, that’s what you got to do. You got to continue to step up, no matter the situation, score or tie. Like I said, we’re going to have to watch the film to see where we can execute better and where we can get better.”

  • Wide Receiver Nelson Agholor

    On whether he’s happy to start his Patriots career with a solid game:

    “I am not really that happy that we lost so that is where my mind is at. I should do more to help us win at the end of the day and that is the focus for each week.”

  • Cornerback J.C. Jackson

    On DeVante Parker’s 30-yard catch down the sideline:

    “He just made a good catch. I mean I could have played it better and it was all on me and my fault.”

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins makes a reception against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 12: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins makes a reception against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

  • Linebacker Josh Uche

    On the mood in the locker room:

    “I mean we have got each other’s backs regardless of what happens. It doesn’t matter what the score is, what happens, we have got reach other’s backs because we are brothers first and foremost. We are optimistic. We know we have another game. There are a lot more games to be played so we are onto the next one.”

  • Cornerback Jonathan Jones

    On his interception:

    “They ran over routes, he [Tua Tagovailoa] just panicked under pressure and threw the ball up. I was able to come down with the ball. Set us up pretty good, we were not able to capitalize on it.”