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Kony Ealy | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (60) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss believes DE Kony Ealy is "in a legitimate fight" for a roster spot.
Acquired via trade from the Panthers in March, the former second-round pick was expected to help replace Rob Ninkovich, but fourth-rounder Deatrich Wise Jr. has been getting most of the snaps with the starters. Reiss reports Ealy, on the other hand, has been "working mostly with the backups and end-of-roster players." Despite a dominating performance in Super Bowl 50, Ealy's career has never taken off, and it looks like his stay in New England could be a short one. Aug 10 - 10:30 AM
Source: ESPN

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Patriots acquired DE Kony Ealy and a third-round pick from the Panthers in exchange for a second-round selection.

Just a couple days after taking a low-cost shot on Dwayne Allen, the Patriots are at it again. With a picked-over market at pass rusher, acquiring a former second-round pick by moving down only eight spots in the draft is another piece of smart business from New England. That said, Ealy has been a below-average player outside of a memorable Super Bowl 50 performance. The Patriots still have work to do on the defensive line.
Mar 10 - 3:50 PM

Panthers RE Kony Ealy (concussion) has resumed practicing.

He missed less than a week. The Panthers are counting on Ealy to take another step forward following his five-sack sophomore campaign. He's markered in as Carolina's starting right defensive end opposite LE Charles Johnson.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Panthers DE Kony Ealy has entered the league's concussion protocol.

Ealy took a helmet-to-helmet shot at Saturday's practice session. It was the first time Carolina practiced in full pads since camp opened on Thursday. Ealy is coming off a monster performance in Super Bowl 50 and should have a major pass-rushing role this year if he can shake off his concussion.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 09:55:00 AM

Panthers DC Sean McDermott called 2016 "a big year" for DE Kony Ealy.

Following the retirement of Jared Allen, Ealy is expected to take over at right end. The 2014 second-rounder has had an up-and-down career, but he shined in the Super Bowl with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble. If Ealy takes an expected leap this year, he would become an extension candidate next offseason.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 10:58:00 AM

Kony Ealy is expected to take over at right defensive end following Jared Allen's retirement.

The 2014 second-rounder has had an inconsistent career, but Ealy flashed in a big way in the Super Bowl. He recorded three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in limited snaps and likely would have taken home the MVP if Carolina had pulled out the win. The Panthers believe Ealy can have a career similar to that of CB Josh Norman, who struggled to play within the system before breaking out two years ago. If they are right, Carolina's front seven should remain dominant for the foreseeable future.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Panthers DE Kony Ealy became the first player in Super Bowl history to record multiple sacks and an interception and tied the single-game sack record with three.

If the Panthers somehow managed to pull off the win, Ealy would've had a very strong case for MVP honors. He was the Panthers' answer to Von Miller, as both pass rushers dominated off the edge. Ealy, the 2014 second-rounder, has been slow to develop, but his SB50 performance and Jared Allen's likely retirement has Ealy looking like a projected starter in 2016.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 09:59:00 AM

With Charles Johnson (hamstring) sidelined, Kony Ealy will play left defensive end for the Panthers.

Jared Allen, who was acquired Monday from the Bears, will play on the right side. The switch suggests the Panthers expect to be without Johnson for the foreseeable future. Ealy has zero sacks through three games, but he has stood up well against the run.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:15:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Kony Ealy is the starting right defensive end.

The Panthers have been searching for a bookend for Charles Johnson since placing Greg Hardy on the commissioner's exempt list Week 2 of last season. A 2014 second-rounder, Ealy struggled with consistency as a rookie but still managed four sacks on limited snaps. He should have a much bigger role this time around.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 08:43:00 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Kony Ealy will be the team's starting right defensive end.

With Frank Alexander (Achilles) done for the year, Ealy solidified his spot in the starting lineup with two sacks in as many games. The 2014 second-round pick recorded four sacks in limited snaps last season, but he struggled against the run and did not consistently pressure the quarterback. With little quality depth at defensive end, the Panthers need Ealy to take a step forward.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 09:18:00 AM

Second-round pick DE Kony Ealy is expected to play a bigger role with Frank Alexander out for the season.

Alexander suffered a torn Achilles in Saturday's preseason game against Miami. Ealy forced a Ryan Tannehill fumble in Saturday's win, though the Dolphins recovered it. The 23-year-old from Mizzou is expected to start opposite Charles Johnson in Carolina's 4-3 scheme.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Panthers signed No. 60 overall pick DE Kony Ealy to a four-year contract.

Ealy (6-foot-4, 273 pounds) drew Michael Bennett comparisons in the run up to the draft. He'll slide in as the Panthers' No. 3 defensive end. He could see snaps on the interior on passing downs.
Thu, May 29, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Panthers selected Missouri DE Kony Ealy with the No. 60 overall pick.

The Panthers stop Ealy's slide. Ealy (6-foot-4, 273) was a two-year starter for the Tigers before turning pro, recording 14 career sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss with four forced fumbles. He ran 4.92 at the Combine, with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. Ealy lacks explosive edge-rush ability and may be best suited as a hold-the-point left end, bulking up to fill out his frame. He certainly has length, with 34 1/4-inch arms. Ealy was actually a more effective interior rusher at Mizzou, and drew a pre-draft comparison to Seahawks star DE/DT Michael Bennett from NFL Films' Greg Cosell. He'll fill the No. 3 end role in Carolina, replacing suspended Frank Alexander, and could see snaps on the interior on passing downs. RE Greg Hardy is currently playing on the franchise tag.
Fri, May 9, 2014 09:14:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says to "watch the Cowboys on Kony Ealy" in the middle of the second round.

According to Rapsheet, the Cowboys are looking to make a "big move up" on Friday. Dallas' interest in Ealy has been pretty well known since early in the pre-draft process. Rotoworld's Evan Silva has Ealy going 47th overall to the Cowboys in his second-day mock draft, though there are obviously no guarantees Ealy will last that long. Leading up to Thursday night's first round, the Union-Tribune San Diego expected Ealy to be in play for the Chargers at No. 25 overall.
Fri, May 9, 2014 02:52:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Chargers could be interested in Missouri DE Kony Ealy at No. 25.

A 6-foot-4, 273-pound rush end, Ealy has the ability to kick inside. He's a real candidate to come off the board on day one in a draft lacking D-Line depth.
Thu, May 8, 2014 03:05:00 PM