Kony Ealy recorded only one tackle in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, but it counted as a sack.
That gives Ealy exactly one sack in five straight games, a welcome development for a Carolina pass rush that has been missing Charles Johnson all season and hasn't gotten much production from early-season import Jared Allen. However, Ealy has only produced nine total tackles during those five games, so until he improves that production, he'll largely remain off the radar in most IDP formats.
Sean McDermott, the Panthers defensive coordinator, knows how often players struggle when entering their second season.
"In the sophomore offseason you find a lot of guys that have the relaxation syndrome set in," McDermott said. "They are not used to having an offseason. They had the Scouting Combine and then came straight to us as rookies. Then they get to that offseason (in year two), they've had some success and human nature is to down shift a little bit."
Ealy didn't relax this offseason, instead he continued to train.
"I'm just trying to elevate my game and take it to another level," Ealy said. "I want to help the team out more than I did last year."
Ealy recorded 12 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games as a rookie.
The following players are listed as probable: DT
Kalil has yet to miss a game this season and Ealy was only inactive for Week 1 against the Bucs.
The Panthers take on the Saints in Week 14.
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