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Report: Former Patriots DL Easley agrees to deal with Rams

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Report: Former Patriots DL Easley agrees to deal with Rams

It took a few weeks, but Dominique Easley finally has a new home. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the former Patriots defensive lineman and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a one-year deal. Easley reportedly had a workout with head coach Jeff Fisher's club earlier in the day on Tuesday. 

Easley, the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 draft, was released on April 13. His time in New England, like his time at the University of Florida, was marked by injury. He finished each of his first two professional seasons on injured reserve. 

Easley, 24, was having a productive 2015 season with the Patriots as a penetrating pass rusher before a quadriceps injury suffered against the Texans in Week 14 again landed him on injured reserve. According to Pro Football Focus, Easley was the second-most productive interior pass-rusher in football on a per-snap basis behind only Houston's JJ Watt. On 161 pass-rush snaps, PFF had him down for 25 total pressures. 

Easley had reportedly participated in workouts with the Bengals and Cowboys but had gone uclaimed until this week. He will now join one of the most talented defensive lines in football, adding to the Rams interior if he can stay healthy. With Easley, Los Angeles has five first-round picks who will contribute to their front including Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and Quinton Coples.

Football fans may get a look at how Easley is taking to his new digs on the West Coast as the Rams will be featured on this year's edition of HBO's Hard Knocks. There are far more impactful storylines surrounding the team -- How will the move from St. Louis to Hollywood play out? How will No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff adjust to pro life? -- but Easley should garner some screen time. 

That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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