|Ex-Patriots DL Dominique Easley dismisses ‘rumors’ that dogged him in New England||06.27.16 at 1:18 pm ET|
The former New England defensive lineman, who spent two relatively brief seasons with the Patriots before he was released earlier this offseason, joined the Rams as a free agent. He told Sirius XM this past weekend that he took issue with the report that he was called a locker room “cancer” when he was with New England.
“There’s been, obviously, stuff said about me,” said the 25-year-old. “We don’t know where it came from — obviously, the person doesn’t want to come out and say it, either. As far as I know, it’s all rumors until that person comes out and says that was from them and they can prove that they actually know who I am or have been around me long enough to know who I am and how I am as a person.”
He added: “It’s really just, hopefully, that the Rams get to see what a great person and a great, hard worker I am and, really, just a great person.”
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 career games in New England.
|Dominique Easley: My critics ‘don’t know who I am’||06.08.16 at 8:45 am ET|
After Dominique Easley was cut by the Patriots earlier this spring, some anonymous teammates ripped the defensive lineman on his way out the door, with one telling The Boston Globe that Easley was a “locker room cancer.”
Easley, who was signed by the Rams after being dumped by New England, answered some of his critics Tuesday, telling the Los Angeles Daily News that those ex-teammates “don’t know who I am.”
Said Easley: “People are people. I can’t be mad at who they are. If they feel like that, they feel like that. They don’t know who I am. They didn’t grow up with me. They didn’t live with me. They didn’t live through things that I’ve been through. So how are you going to tell me who I am?”
Easley reportedly was not surprised he was released by the Patriots, but he said it was more about his medical history than anything else, including two torn ACLs while in college and an inability to stay on the field for extended stretches in his two seasons with New England.
He does seem to be aware of how he’s perceived, and he understands that Los Angeles represents a fresh start for him.
“That’s what life is now,” he said. “Media, social media. What the fans read, they kind of believe until you show them otherwise. That’s the only thing I can do, is just show them otherwise.”
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|Report: Former Patriots DL Dominique Easley signs 1-year deal with Rams||05.17.16 at 8:47 pm ET|
Dominique Easley has found a home.
About a month after being released by the Patriots, the defensive lineman reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
He was selected in the first round by the Patriots in the 2014 draft, but finished on injured reserve each of the last two seasons.
Easley now gives the Rams five former first-round picks on the defensive line as he joins Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and Quinton Coples.
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|Report: Dominique Easley will work out for Bengals||05.09.16 at 12:33 pm ET|
The Bengals will work out former Patriots first-round pick Dominique Easley on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Easley, who was cut last month by the Patriots, was a first round pick of New England in 2014. However, he had struggled to see the field in two seasons in the NFL, 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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|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.
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