Easley signed a one-year deal with the Rams on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Easley had a tryout with the Rams early on Tuesday morning, which obviously went well, as he's been signed to a one-year contract. Easley spent his first two years in the league with the Patriots, where he compiled 41 tackles and five sacks over 22 games. After being waived by the Patriots in April, he'll join the Rams 4-3 defense as an interior guy and will likely have to fight for snaps behind the likes of Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Easley did finish last season on injured reserve due to a leg injury as well, so it remains unclear if that may impact his training camp availability.
The Patriots have waived Dominique Easley (knee), ESPN.com reports.
Given that he entered the Patriots' mix as a first-round choice in the 2014 NFL draft (29th overall), Easley's abrupt release Wednesday is surprising to say the least. Whether the move is strictly due to the health woes Easley has endured since entering the NFL, or something else is in play, his departure represents a hit to the Patriots' defense line depth, an issue that could well be addressed by the team in the NFL draft later this month.
Dominique Easley (leg) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, CSN New England's Tom E. Curran reports.
The New England Patriots ' 2014 first-round draft pick, Easley was enjoying an impressive season as an interior pass-rusher, despite starting just one of his 11 games. He's unlikely to be replaced by any one player, but Akiem Hicks is the most obvious candidate to take on some of his snaps.
Easley has some long-term upside as an IDP option, but he'll need to re-establish his health and cement a regular role before meriting lineup consideration. To date, the second-year defensive lineman has recorded 10 tackles in 12 career NFL contests.
After practicing in a limited fashion Friday,
Easley, who injured his hip eight plays into the Patriots' regular season opener, has a shot to suit up this weekend, but we'd like to see him get a full and productive game under his belt before recommending him as an IDP option.
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