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Dominique Easley

Dominique Earl Easley (born February 24, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dominique Easley
No. 91 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-24) 24 February 1992 (age 26)
Staten Island, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Curtis
(Staten Island, New York)
College:Florida
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:64
Sacks:6.5
Forced fumbles:2
Pass deflections:2
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

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High school careerEdit

Easley attended Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York, where he played football and competed in track. In football, he was selected to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he announced his commitment to attend the University of Florida.[1]

Easley also competed in track & field as a junior. At the 2009 PSAL Burough Championships, he won the shot put event, with a throw of 40 ft, and placed 10th in the 55-meter dash, with a time of 7.44 seconds.[2] He took 8th in the shot put at the 2009 PSAL City Champs, with a PR of 43 ft 7 in.[3]

Considered a five-star recruit by ESPN.com, Easley was listed as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation in 2010.[4]

College careerEdit

Easley accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2010 to 2013.

As a true freshman in 2010, Easley played sparingly, playing in six games and totaling four tackles. In 2011, he started all 12 regular-season games, before suffering a torn ACL against Florida State. He recorded a total of 37 tackles on the season, finishing tied for fifth on the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss. In 2012, he played in and started eleven games, missing two games due to injury. He collected 26 tackles on the season, including 8.5 tackles for a loss and a team leading four quarterback sacks, while adding a fumble recovery. In 2013, Easley's senior season was cut short after tearing his ACL in practice leading up to the Kentucky game.[5] He totaled five tackles, including two for a loss.

On September 30, 2013, just a few days after it was reported he would miss the rest of the college football season, Easley announced he would forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 34 in
(1.87 m)
288 lb
(131 kg)
4.93 s 26 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

New England PatriotsEdit

Easley was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[8] The team signed him to a four-year contract on June 23, 2014.[9] According to Ian Rapoport, the contract is for $7.3 million.[10]

On September 7, 2014, Easley played in his first NFL regular season game, a 33–20 road loss to the Miami Dolphins.[11] He would record his first career interception (off former Patriot Matt Cassel) the following week during a 30–7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.[12] On December 17, the Patriots placed Easley on injured reserve.[13] In 11 games of his rookie season, Easley finished with 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defended, and 1 interception.

Without Easley, the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX after they defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28–24.

After the departure of longtime starter Vince Wilfork, Easley began the 2015 season as one of the Patriots' starting defensive tackles. On December 15, 2015, the Patriots placed Easley on injured reserve once again, ending his season.[14] He ended the season with 15 tackles and two sacks.[15]

In an unexpected move, the Patriots released Easley on April 13, 2016.[16]

Los Angeles RamsEdit

On May 17, 2016, Easley signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams after working out with the team.[17] He played in all 16 games for the Rams in 2016, recording 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one pass deflected and two forced fumbles.

On March 7, 2017, the Rams placed an original round (first-round) tender on Easley.[18] On May 4, 2017, Easley signed his tender with the Rams.[19] During training camp, Easley suffered a torn ACL, his fourth in his football career and second time in the NFL; he was then ruled out for the 2017 season.[20][21]

On March 19, 2018, Easley signed a one-year contract to remain with the Rams.[22] On October 3, 2018, Easley was placed on injured reserve after undergoing another knee surgery.[23] Without Easley, the Rams reached Super Bowl LIII where they lost 13-3 to Easley's former team New England Patriots.

Personal lifeEdit

Easley's mother is of Haitian descent.[24]

Dominique has one older brother David Easley and one younger sister Destinee Easley who is a student at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA.

Easley is a Muslim. He declared on his Twitter account that he converted to Islam on March 13, 2015.[25]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hamilton: Easley surprisingly commits to Florida". ESPN.com. January 2, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "PSAL Burough Championships - Staten Island - Track & Field Meet". Athletic.net. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "PSAL City Champs - Complete (Raw)". MileSplit New York. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dominique Easley - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Florida's Dominique Easley is out for the rest of the season". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Florida's Dominique Easley tears ACL, will enter 2014 NFL draft". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  7. ^ http://www.draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=107048&draftyear=2014&genpos=DT
  8. ^ Gray, Jeff (May 9, 2014). "NFL Draft results 2014: Dominique Easley selected by Patriots at No. 29". SBNation.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Patriots sign first-round draft pick DL Dominique Easley; Sign OL Chris Martin". New England Patriots. June 23, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ian Rapoport on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dominique Easley: Game Logs at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  12. ^ "Patriots vs. Vikings - Box Score - September 14, 2014 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Patriots place DL Dominique Easley on injured reserve; Sign TE Steve Maneri". New England Patriots. December 17, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Tom E. Curran on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "New England Patriots on Yahoo! Sports - News, Scores, Standings, Rumors, Fantasy Games". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Patriots release former first-round pick Dominique Easley". CSNNE.com. April 13, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Reiss, Mike (May 17, 2016). "Dominique Easley signs with the Los Angeles Rams". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  18. ^ Simmons, Myles (March 7, 2017). "Rams Tender Restricted FA Easley". TheRams.com.
  19. ^ Alper, Josh (May 4, 2017). "Dominique Easley signs RFA tender". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  20. ^ Orr, Conor (August 2, 2017). "Dominique Easley out for 2017 after suffering torn ACL". NFL.com.
  21. ^ Lago, Kristen (August 4, 2017). "Rams Sign Two Players, Waive Laskey". TheRams.com.
  22. ^ Simmons, Myles (March 19, 2018). "Rams, Dominique Easley Agree to Terms on One-Year Deal". TheRams.com.
  23. ^ "Rams Waive K Sam Ficken, Move Easley to I.R." TheRams.com. October 2, 2018.
  24. ^ Jett, Tyler (2011). "Child's Play: Often misunderstood, Easley refuses to hide personality". Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/DominiqueEasley/status/576475323182678017

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