Kony Ealy’s position on the Patriots roster "is far from set in stone," according to a league source, who corroborated an earlier report that the team has -- at some point this summer -- shopped around to gauge Ealy’s value.
Despite being in his fourth year, Ealy played 41 snaps Saturday in the second preseason game in Houston. That was second most on the team, behind only undrafted rookie Harvey Langi. With that defensive-end position lean because of injuries and Rob Ninkovich’s retirement, someone had to get those snaps, but Ealy still played nearly double the amount two more undrafted rookies -- Adam Butler (24) and Caleb Kidder (21).
“They made calls,” confirmed the league source, adding, “That’s telling when you consider what they have at that spot.”
Ealy has gotten off to an erratic start with the Pats (detailed here by Phil Perry), but appeared to make some headway during joint practices with the Texans prior to that preseason game. In the game he had 3 1/2 quarterback pressures, an indication that that first-round talent/second-round pedigree hasn’t disappeared. But the inconsistency that plagued Ealy in Carolina has carried over his brief stint in Foxboro.
“He’s got a ton to play for,” said one AFC scout. “There’s a lot of money on the table if he can tap into that talent.”
But, as has been the case with Ealy thus far, that’s not something he’s always been willing to dig deep to find.
Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?
Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter
It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"
He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:
Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?
The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date.
We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.
Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.
Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30.