Patriots place Kony Ealy on waivers, picked up by Jets

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The Kony Ealy experiment ended a lot sooner than many would have thought.

The Super Bowl 50 hero was placed on waivers by the Patriots after the team's 30-28 preseason win over the Lions and was quickly scooped up by the New York Jets, who seem to still have an obsession with Patriots players years after Rex Ryan skipped town.

Ealy had been a target of negative criticism all throughout training camp, as he never got fully adjusted to the Patriots' scheme despite Bill Belichick saying recently Ealy was on the upswing.


"Kony has gotten better every week. Jacksonville week was his best week. Then last week against Houston was a little better. This week has been a little bit better. So each of the last three weeks, he's definitely on the upswing."

Ealy played late into the Houston game and didn't see the field until the second half of the Lions game on Friday, which is never a good sign for an established player like him who was thought to be a roster lock when they acquired him in March.

He'll look to carve out a role in New York, which can use all the veteran help it can get.

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