DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Stills’ actions yesterday were a microcosm of where his Miami Dolphins are at early in the season.

A day after he kneeled for the national anthem and later dropped a sure-fire touchdown pass in a 12-10 loss to Seattle, Stills stood in the locker room and spoke of a need for societal change. When he finished talking, Stills then went out to the empty practice field and starting tossing a ball in the air to himself. His message in both cases: things must get better.

The Dolphins have begun working to figure out what needs to improve on the field as they prepare to face New England this weekend.

Week 2 isn’t must-win time, but the Patriots are the only AFC East team that won their opener. Should Miami lose on Sunday, the Dolphins would already be two games back of the Patriots — who figure to only get better when they get suspended quarterback Tom Brady back.

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