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Kony Ealy | Defensive Lineman | #76

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (60) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Cowboys signed DE Kony Ealy to a one-year contract.
The former second-rounder was waived by the Patriots last summer before going on to notch one sack in 452 snaps with the Jets. Ealy did generate a little more heat than his sack total would suggest, and was also a menace batting passes. He's not a bad flier for the perennially pass-rusher needy Cowboys. Apr 5 - 7:17 PM

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Free agent DE Kony Ealy will visit the Cowboys this week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets are still interested in re-signing Ealy, but he is clearly not happy with their offer. Ealy recorded one sack in 452 snaps with the Jets last season.
Apr 2 - 12:00 PM

Jets contract-year DE Kony Ealy said the two sides have discussed an extension.

Claimed off waivers from the Patriots in August after New England gave up on him following five months, Ealy has just one sack this season but is second among 4-3 ends with nine batted passes. The former second-rounder hasn't lived up to expectations since his big Super Bowl performance with the Panthers in 2015. Ealy turned 26 on Thursday and will likely come cheap.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:02:00 AM

Jets claimed DE Kony Ealy off waivers from the Patriots.

The move raises an extra eyebrow simply because it involves the Jets and the Pats, but Ealy is just a flier at this point who's now on his third team in three years.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Patriots released DE Kony Ealy.

The writing was on the wall after Ealy's preseason struggles. The Patriots acquired Ealy for an eight-slot drop on the second day of the draft, but he proved to be miscast in the old Rob Ninkovich role. A highly inconsistent player, Ealy hasn't lived up to his draft status as a 2014 second-round pick. Still, Ealy should draw waiver interest in 4-3 schemes as a 25-year-old pass rusher.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 03:04:00 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Patriots have "gauged" the trade market for DE Kony Ealy.

New England acquired Ealy from the Panthers over the offseason, swapping a second-rounder for Ealy and a third-rounder. Ealy was struggling early in camp, working mostly with the backups, but Pelissero reports he's "started to settle in lately." He needs to put out some good film the next two weeks.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 09:37:00 AM

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.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 03:50:00 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

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FS1Jeff Heath
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P1Chris Jones