Kony Ealy didn’t waste any time latching on to a new team after being released by the Patriots on Saturday.
According to ESPN.com, the Jets scooped up Ealy on Sunday to help bolster a defense that could see a lot of the field this season.
Ealy, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Panthers, has 14 sacks through three seasons. He will now be on the same team as his cousin Sheldon Richardson.
The Jets figure to struggle offensively this season, mainly due to their lack of a legitimate starting quarterback on the roster. Bryce Petty looked sharp in Saturday’s 32-31 preseason loss to the Giants. He threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, but left the game with an MCL injury.
Ealy will have to show the organization something quickly to make the final roster.
Colin Kaepernick has an ally in ownership. Unfortunately for the former 49ers quarterback, that owner is in the NBA.
“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Washington Post. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.”