Unnamed Patriot vouches for Dominique Easley

AP

It’s never surprising when a player takes shots at a current or former teammate without attaching his name to the quotes. It’s remarkable for a player to praise a current or former teammate while insisting on not speaking on the record.

But that’s precisely what an unnamed Patriots player has done in anonymous remarks regarding former Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley.

I loved Easley, especially his work ethic,” the unnamed player told Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “I hope he gets a second chance. . . . He’s a great [guy] and teammate in my eyes.”

Howe describes the unnamed player as one of the team’s “most prominent leaders.” So why can’t that prominent leader put his name on the remarks?

To understand that is to understand the Patriots. Good, bad, or neutral, players typically don’t say much of anything beyond the standard, predictable, formulaic (and ultimately worthless) stuff. Anything beyond the narrow band of acceptable cliches stands out too much, especially when the praise is directed to a player whom the team has decided to dump, despite his 2014 first-round draft pedigree.

Some will speculate that the unnamed player is tight end Rob Gronkowski, since he is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who began representing Easley less than a week ago. Still, it’s hard to believe Gronkowski saying something like that if he didn’t mean it, even if he (wisely) opted to say what he said with his head held as low as possible.

45 responses to “Unnamed Patriot vouches for Dominique Easley

  1. Its pretty sad when a player has to hide from positive remarks about a teammate, but we know why he’s doing it. #Patriotparanoia

  2. Somebody is yanking somebody’s chain, or they need to be tested for drugs or a concussion. No team cuts a 1st rounder that has talent, good work ethic, great guy and teammate, and will also cost you cap $$ to cut. No team.

  3. ladyjet says:
    Apr 16, 2016 1:58 PM
    Its pretty sad when a player has to hide from positive remarks about a teammate, but we know why he’s doing it. #Patriotparanoia

    says the fan of a team who had to dump their loudmouth coach and players and bring on a full regime change that is much less bombastic in the media.

    bill belichick is a football general. line up boys.

  4. ladyjet says:
    Apr 16, 2016 1:58 PM
    Its pretty sad when a player has to hide from positive remarks about a teammate, but we know why he’s doing it. #Patriotparanoia

    —————–

    any job is like that… you rock the boat expect the consequences. why not have the best of both worlds? speak the truth without the drama… which is exactly what the player did… its called being SMART

  5. so it’s sad he hid his name but he was wise to do it? ok

    the Patriots always refuse to give their name when communicating any actual information, it’s just another way, like the injury report, that they game the system.

  6. The unnamed source will not be a Patriot very long. Mark my words. Belichick does not tolerate players who go off reservation. Nobody is bigger than the team.

  7. “He’s a great [guy] and teammate in my eyes.”

    It is Gronk. They had to change “dude” to “[guy]”.

    If they printed “dude” everyone would know it’s Gronk but the author can’t quote “guy” because the person didn’t actually say “guy”.

  8. We’ve had players that played for the Pats previously comment on how strange it feels to be able to speak freely now. When you are a Pat, you tow the company line.

  9. “Dominique was a great player and teammate. He always hooked me up with shoes and signed gear just for…ah..um losing weight…yea…losing weight.”

    Signed,
    The Deflator

  10. The only Easley highlight I can think of is when he was lying flat on the field in the opening minutes of 2015 week 1, after he was supposedly rehabbed from his 2014 injuries.

  11. If i had to guess, it was probably Devin McCourty.
    a) He’s a prominent leader.
    b) Dude’s pretty open with the media, and has never spoken ill of any of his teammates.
    c) Plus, he’s on the defense so he’s been around Easley but hasn’t worked alongside him to know that he was like in practice or rehab.

  12. It seems to me the Pat’s were prepared for this. His salary was only guaranteed for two seasons, typically late first round guys get three. He was considered a high risk, high reward type player because of his injury history. He just didn’t pan out the way they hoped.

    The best case for him is to situational play as an inside pass rusher and back up 3 tech. This would stretch his career out. He just can’t physically take the pounding a 3 down 3 tech absorbs. He’s undersized to begin with. The Pat’s figure they can get a guy like that for a lot less money.

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 16, 2016 2:56 PM
    The unnamed source will not be a Patriot very long. Mark my words. Belichick does not tolerate players who go off reservation. Nobody is bigger than the team.
    ***************
    BB has moved on already – i doubt he gives it two seconds of thought

  14. There’s no way that a “team leader” would say something anonymous to any reporter. If there’s something they pride themselves in, is being accountable, and talking to the media while asking for it to be anonymous is definitely not it.

    Someone’s trying to stir the pot. The guy got waived and no one claimed him. With that kind of talent, something must have happened and BB got rid of it before it could develop into something bigger and ruin the locker room.

  15. Daddy doesn’t allow us to tattle – tale.

    Only Tom can say stuff.. because Dad trusts him.

    Whoever the Buttinski is… ; is in big trouble!

  16. Easley wss Easily showed the door.
    Oh you dont want to rehab with the team trainers or put in the work to get yourself in the best physical & mental shape possible to help the team ?????
    Ok.
    Good luck with your next endeavor there’s the Door …

    #NOBODYSASUPERSTARHEREINFOXBORO

  17. My guess would be Ninkovich. Gronk’s a great player, but not a leader. Good, the whole team would be on spring break during the offseson.

    IMO, this whole thing is a big ‘whatever’. They made a bad pick and they moved on. That kind of talent can be seductive, just ask TBay about DBowers. There really weren’t many players right after Easley that turned out to be much(although TJernigan would be nice)so they took a shot.

    Now, they moved on. No new money was exchanged, it’s just that next yrs guaranteed money, which they already paid him, accelerates to this yrs cap. Howe also said his knees were still in bad shape, with not much room for improvement, and Easley wanted to rehab them his own way. Why keep him on the roster?

  18. Let’s remember that it was not the Patriots that trashed Easley as being a locker room problem, it was some other ‘unnamed’ source by way of the Herald.
    The Patriots only released him.

  19. fanofpft says:
    Apr 16, 2016 2:59 PM

    Dress it up all you like. But their poo smells as bad as all the other teams.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————–Nope!.. …….Your poo smells worse………… Patriot poo smells like victory.

  20. ++++++++++++++++
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 16, 2016 2:56 PM
    The unnamed source will not be a Patriot very long. Mark my words. Belichick does not tolerate players who go off reservation. Nobody is bigger than the team.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Fake Patriots fan continues to post in Patriots forums.

    Pathetic. Sad.

  21. Memo to above truthinesshurts comment to patsfan4lifechamps: PFT is NOT a Patriots forum but a football fan forum! Free speech and all that…you may be a Patriots fan but you are no patriot!

  22. Patriots fans have a clue, most of the rest of NFL fans have no idea how a good team operates. No fuss, no mess no whining just onto the next day and whatever is best for the team is all that matters.

  23. PFT used to be a football fan forum, but now 70% of the posters are guys with multiple screenames trolling around with the same garbage day after day. That’s being a football fan? Yes, you have a right to post whatever you want, especially on a blog. You can even make up anything you want. Problem is, it’s gone way beyond being interesting, clever, funny or contributing anything to the discourse. It’s just tedious and brings down the whole site. I’m mystified why these people take the time to bother. Yup, a real triumph for free speech.

  24. fans have a clue, most of the rest of NFL fans have no idea how a good team operates. No fuss, no mess no whining just onto the next day and whatever is best for the team is all that matters.

    Good god. You win 4 Super Bowls and all of the sudden no other fans know anything about football? My god your pathetic, and and embarrassment to society.

    Let’s not forget that while you are indeed a member of the 4 super bowl winner club, you’re also in the 4 loss club but I guess you never want to discuss that!

    Nobody questions your teams greatness but to assume other teams fans are less intelligent than you about football makes you sound like a troll.

  25. The player was about to go on the record, until a frowning Belichick appeared on the big screen tv on the adjacent wall.

  26. Hey Dom, for future reference, Dominick is a guy’s name, Dominique is a girl’s name. Might help in future.

  27. ++++++++++++++++++
    tedmurph says:
    Apr 16, 2016 6:19 PM
    ….Problem is, it’s gone way beyond being interesting, clever, funny or contributing anything to the discourse. It’s just tedious and brings down the whole site….
    ++++++++++++++++++

    Bingo. Ted speaketh Truth… Tedious. It’s basically the same posts over and over from the same posters in almost every Patriots thread. Okay, we get it….you think the Patriots cheat….thank you. Next.

    Please use your freedom of speech to tell us your thoughts and opinions that are actually related to the topic under discussion.

  28. tedmurph says: MOST of the rest of NFL fans have no idea how a good team operates.

    billsfan1 says tedmurph says: NO other fans know anything about football.

    ————-

    So, who is the “embarrassment to society” and who sounds “like a troll”?

  29. Too little too late. All the trashing of the guy might have cost the Pats some cap space since he might’ve gotten claimed without all the bashing.
    Just another reason Bill doesnt really care for the media I reckon. He’d much rather keep everything “in house. Hard to blame him.

  30. Psssst, hey buddy, you didn’t hear it from me, but Easley was a good guy with a great work ethic.

    My name? Um, Art. Art Vandelay.

    This conversation never happened.

  31. When Easley was drafted, the only thing that was discussed was that he was a risk due to being injury-prone. Then, for 2 years he was, in fact, injury-prone. Then he was released.

    I don’t see what the problem is with that. Good luck to him somewhere else and I hope he can continue his career with better health.

  32. For everyone that thinks Gronkowski made the comment, I would think again. His football interviews are about as vanilla as they come. Team first, everyone worked hard, need to play better, etc.

    I am always surprised at how composed and articulate he is when interviewed after games. Good training by the Pats PR folks.

    Gronk’s non-football interviews are a whole other story.

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