Falcons coach has praise for ex-Patriots DL Easley


Falcons coach has praise for ex-Patriots DL Easley

In the wake of Dominique Easley’s release last week, I spent time mining for reasons why.

Not surprisingly, the picture I was presented with wasn’t that flattering. Teams don’t release players productive players on a whim, there’s gotta be a cause.

What I got back was that Easley wasn’t some diabolical, irredeemable miscreant. He was just steadfast in not doing things he was asked or expected to do and – as a young player who might have some influence – had the potential to do more harm than good with the way he operated.

And that view wasn’t unanimous. One of his teammates said he loved Easley and the energy he brought.  

So, it doesn’t surprise me to hear Easley’s former defensive coordinator at Florida, Falcons coach Dan Quinn, express admiration for Easley.

There are varied opinions on the young man.

“He is a fantastic competitor,” Quinn said, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Honestly, a guy I have great history with. We’ve talked since he’s been released. We’ll kind of leave it there. There’s nothing to report today. He’s someone that I think the world of.”

Some team is going to sign Easley and – while there are no guarantees that whatever irked the Patriots will be excised from his repertoire – he could be one of the few players the Pats cut loose that does go on to make a long-standing impact someplace else. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.