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Former Patriots DL Easley goes unclaimed on waivers

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Former Patriots DL Easley goes unclaimed on waivers

Despite his pedigree as a first-round pick, Dominique Easley was not claimed on waivers Thursday. He is now a free agent and eligible to sign with any club.

Easley was released by the Patriots on Wednesday after two seasons in New England. The No. 29 overall pick in 2014 played in 21 percent of Patriots defensive snaps (including playoffs) over the course of the last two years. Both his 2014 and 2015 campaigns ended on injured reserve.

That Easley was not claimed while still on a relatively inexpensive rookie contract indicates that teams may be wary of the health of his legs. He came into the NFL after having torn both ACLs during his college career at the University of Florida. A knee injury ended his rookie season, and last season he landed on season-ending IR with a quadriceps injury after a Week 14 win over the Texans. 

Easley's approach to the game, which has come under scrutiny since his release, also may have dimished his league-wide market. 

Listen to Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran discuss Easley starting at the 7:44 mark of Quick Slants the podcast in the player below. Or by searching CSNNE on iTunes.

https://soundcloud.com/csnne/quick-slants-the-podcast-ep-48-schedule-easley-released

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

The New England Patriots don't like being counted out. And Julian Edelman is letting everyone know it ahead of their Sunday afternoon matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edelman took to Twitter on Sunday to release a hype video ahead of the Chiefs game. This week, the clip was mostly an amalgamation of various clips of analysts that are counting the Patriots out after their loss to the Texans.

Here's a look at the video.

Included among the thoughts about the Patriots:

"Tom Brady is no longer elite." 

"The offense just has no weapons whatsoever."

"It's the end of the dynasty."

Safe to say, Edelman didn't take kindly to these. And he will use them as bulletin board material along with the rest of the Patriots.

And we all know what the Patriots do with bulletin board material.

The Patriots and Chiefs will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Coverage for the game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Patriots Pregame Live.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Sunday's Week 14 showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium has been circled on NFL fans' calendars for many months.

When the schedule came out, this game was among the most anticipated of the 2019 season, and it's easy to understand why. These teams met twice last year, and each game ranked among the very best of the 2018 campaign. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 at home in Week 6, then beat KC again at Arrowhead Stadium with a thrilling 37-31 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game.

This matchup will have huge implications for the AFC playoff race, too. A Patriots win helps them keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the conference.The Patriots and Ravens have identical 10-2 records, but Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Chiefs lead the AFC West, and a win would go a long way in helping them contend for a top two seed. A loss would likely end Kansas City's hope of earning a first-round playoff bye.

Will the Patriots improve to 3-0 against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, or will the reigning MVP earn a huge victory and move Kansas City closer to a top-two seed?

Here‚Äôs how and when to watch Patriots vs. Chiefs online. Be sure to also watch ‚ÄúPregame Live‚ÄĚ at 2:30 p.m. ET and ‚ÄúPostgame Live‚ÄĚ at 7:30 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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