Jets claim Kony Ealy off waivers after he was cut by the Patriots

Kony Ealy didn’t stay on the waiver wire long after being cut by the Patriots on Saturday. Ealy has been claimed by a division rival, the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ealy was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Panthers. In three seasons and 15 starts with Carolina, he recorded 14 sacks, one interception, and six forced fumbles.

Carolina traded Ealy and a third-round pick to the Patriots during the 2017 draft in exchange for New England’s second rounder. Ealy took some time to settle in with New England and adjust to the scheme, but head coach Bill Belichick said on 98.5 The Sports Hub before the Patriots’ Week 3 preseason game against the Lions that Ealy was on a “three-week upswing.”

Still, the team announced Saturday that Ealy would hit the waiver wire.

“I do think he was making progress and getting better and was really working hard,” Belichick said on Saturday, via Rich Hill of Pats Pulpit. “It’s just one of those things that didn’t work out or wasn’t going to work out. It’s nobody’s fault. He worked hard. We worked hard. There was a lot of effort put in, but in the end we

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