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Falcons coach has praise for ex-Patriots DL Easley

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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. 

NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

Get ready for another wild NFL offseason of trade rumors surrounding elite wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns star has been telling opposing coaches and players to “come get me,” per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. Watch Glazer’s report from Sunday’s pregame show in the tweet below:

The Patriots reportedly were interested in trading for Beckham before the New York Giants dealt him to Cleveland in March.

New England has battled through a lack of both depth and top-tier talent at wide receiver this season. The Patriots also have lacked a deep threat at the position in 2019. Therefore, making another run at Beckham would be a smart move for the Patriots. Beckham has been very complimentary of the Patriots over the last few years, and he even gave quarterback Tom Brady GOAT cleats after New England’s Week 8 win over Cleveland.

The Browns have performed well below expectations this season. Instead of fighting for a playoff spot or even winning the AFC North division, Cleveland enters Week 14 with a disappointing 5-7 record and likely another cold winter without postseason football.

Beckham’s stats haven’t been great in his first season with the Browns, but a lot of that is on the coaching staff and quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham has not been featured enough in the passing attack. The 27-year-old wide receiver has tallied 57 receptions for 805 yards and two touchdowns through 12 games.

Beckham is signed through the 2023 season with a salary cap hit of about $15 million.

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Chiefs gear accidentally sent to Newark ahead of game with Patriots

Chiefs gear accidentally sent to Newark ahead of game with Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs are getting ready for their biggest game of the season against the New England Patriots.

And while they prepare, they are dealing with a rather unconventional and comical problem.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs accidentally left an equipment container behind after their Saturday flight into town. The equipment, which includes some footballs, shoulder pads, and helmet, ended up in Newark, New Jersey.

Now, the Chiefs are scrambling to get their equipment back before the start of the team's 4:25 p.m. game against the Patriots. Per Schefter, it will arrive about an hour before the contest. But if it doesn't, the team would reportedly have to forfeit.

The Chiefs' left-behind equipment is expected to arrive between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET, in time for Sunday's kickoff. If the Chiefs didn't have the equipment by the time the game started they would have to forfeit, per a source.

We'll certainly keep an eye on this development as the day continues. For now, it shouldn't impact the game -- save for some players having to get into uniform a bit later than usual -- but it certainly is a humorous note ahead of the Patriots-Chiefs game.

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