|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price on how Patriots – with no first round pick – approach NFL Draft||04.19.16 at 4:09 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the Patriots will approach 2016 NFL draft without a first round pick, taken away as part of their punishment for their role in Deflategate.
|DL Dominique Easley clears waivers, becomes a free agent||04.14.16 at 6:53 pm ET|
Released by the Patriots on Wednesday, Dominique Easley was not claimed on waivers Thursday. He now is a free agent and eligible to sign with any club.
Easley, who was a first-round pick of New England in 2014, struggled to consistently stay the field in his two seasons with the Patriots, as both seasons ended with him on injured reserve. The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder out of Florida played 22 games in New England. The fact that a prospect like Easley went unclaimed suggests there are still questions about his health.
Easley posted a farewell note to the Patriots on Instagram earlier on Thursday, thanking the Patriots for the opportunity. His agent Drew Rosenhaus told Sirius/XM Radio on Wednesday he anticipated Easley landing a gig sooner rather than later.
|Dominique Easley posts farewell message to Patriots||at 1:05 pm ET|
Dominique Easley, who was released by the Patriots on Wednesday, posted a farewell to the Patriots on Thursday via his Instagram account.
|Drew Rosenhaus: Release of DL Dominique Easley a ‘shock’||at 8:09 am ET|
Dominique Easley’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said the Patriots’ decision to release the defensive lineman was a “tremendous shock,” but added he was “confident” that Easley would find a new team sooner rather than later.
Speaking on Sirius/XM on Wednesday, Rosenhaus said that he doesn’t believe “there’s anything significant going on off the field that should alarm an NFL team” when it came to his client.
“The young man has been terrific when he’s played,” said Rosenhaus, who started representing the 24-year-old Easley earlier this week. “I think it’s just a combination of things that (the Patriots) weren’t comfortable with. I don’t think any of them are major. I really think Dom is going to be back on a team very soon. He’s a young man — he’s only played two years. He’s got a tremendous amount of talent.”
He added: “I did not anticipate this. This came as a tremendous shock. I really viewed him as an up and coming dynamo at the defensive line position. I enjoyed watching him play. I’m not aware of anything significant off the field that would be a factor.
“The Patriots, it’s their call to make this move — we don’t have a choice. They decided to go in another direction.”
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|Trying to make sense of Patriots’ decision to release Dominique Easley||04.13.16 at 5:03 pm ET|
Regardless of his injury history, Wednesday’s release of defensive lineman Dominique Easley is a surprise.
The Patriots’ first-round pick in 2014, Easley saw limited action over the first two years of his career, as a knee issue that hampered him in college kept him sidelined for a sizable portion of the 2014 and 2015 seasons in New England. (He played just 22 games in his first two years.) When he was healthy, he appeared to be a penetrating presence who was difficult to contain. In limited action — just over 20 percent of the snaps — he was able to show flashes of the form that allowed him to become a first-round pick with a quick initial burst and good closing speed. He had 25 tackles and three sacks in two seasons, and the fact that he was seen dunking a basketball on an Instagram post shortly after the end of the season sparked optimism about the chances for 2016.
However, any time you cut a first-round pick after two years — with the draft two weeks away — it’s bound to raise some eyebrows, regardless of injury history. (According to multiple reports, the move will cost them just over $900,000 in cap space. The overall cost is alleviated if he’s claimed on waivers.) In Easley’s case, it’s not known at this time if there were off-field issues that contributed to the decision to cut ties with the former Florida product, but the timing of the move is certainly curious. For the record, Easley changed agents last week, signing with Drew Rosenhaus and making it three agents in three years. Historically, Rosenhaus has always had a good relationship with the Patriots.
It’s also worth noting that Easley is another ex-Gator who played (at least a portion of his college career) for Urban Meyer who will leave Foxboro with a cloudy legacy at best. While he certainly isn’t the same category as Aaron Hernandez, he joins a list that includes Brandon Spikes, Chad Jackson, Jeff Demps and Jermaine Cunningham as guys who played or were recruited to Florida by Meyer who failed to live up to lofty expectations in the NFL.
|Report: Patriots cut DL Dominique Easley||at 3:44 pm ET|
The Patriots have released defensive lineman Dominique Easley, according to Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net.
Easley, who was a first-round pick of New England in 2014, had struggled to see the field the previous two seasons, with both years ending on injured reserve. The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder out of Florida played 22 games in two combined seasons with the Patriots.
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|Dominique Easley appears to be feeling good, posts Instagram video dunking basketball||03.24.16 at 3:20 pm ET|
Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley finished the 2015 season on injured reserve after suffering a quad injury in Week 14. In his first two years in the NFL, he’s finished on injured reserve both times.
But, if there were any concerns about his health keeping him away from offseason activities, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Wednesday night on his Instagram, Easley posted a video of him dunking a basketball.
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