The New England Patriots made a few mistakes in the NFL Draft in the last few years. Some of the first-rounders turned out to be terrible picks. These players had hard time to contribute to the game. Remember N’Keal Harry? He is still around, but struggles on the field. So, former Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman almost every player on his former team, but he doesn’t remember the name of one particular teammate.
The Patriots used the 29th overall pick on the defensive lineman in 2014. Easley had to undergo several ACL surgeries. The team decided to trust him, and Easley got a chance to contribute to the game. It didn’t happen. Easley left the Patriots after two seasons. He saw action in 22 games with three starts. The young player spent a lot of time on injured reserve and failed to make an impact.
Julian Edelman remembers player’s injuries but can’t remember his name
Ben Volin from The Boston Globe reported that a Patriots player said Easley was a “locker room cancer.” This was a rather shocking statement and the Patriots player wanted to stay anonymous.
There’s more. Other people said that Easley was “disrespectful and irresponsible.” Ouch. Head coach Bill Belichick is not some who tolerates irresponsible players.
We have a few good reasons to say Easley wasn’t a respected player in New England. He didn’t fit in the system and teammates didn’t really like him.
That’s exactly what Edelman said during his latest appearance on “Pardon My Take.”
“We didn’t have a lot of first-round picks when I was with the Patriots,” Edelman said. ” … We had N’Keal Harry. We had the Florida — who was the Florida D-lineman? He was coming off a couple ACLs, though, so he never kind of panned out.”
Things didn’t go well for Easley. He made another stop in Los Angeles, but hasn’t played since 2018. The troubled player also faced several lawsuits.
Edelman continued talking about Malcom Brown, and said, “Malcom Brown, he was a good football player.”
Edelman is out of the Patriots but he follows every move they make.