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Kony Ealy on start to training camp: 'It’s just a learning curve'

Ryan Hannable
August 02, 2017 - 3:30 pm

FOXBORO -- It hasn't been the smoothest of starts to Kony Ealy's tenure with the Patriots.

The defensive end acquired by the Patriots from the Panthers in the offseason missed the first training camp session last Thursday because of a coaches decision.

“You have to ask Coach Bill," Ealy said last Friday of why he missed the first session. "Me and him had something going or whatever."

The defensive end has been seen getting spoken to by a few members of the staff, and even owner Robert Kraft in the past few days. 

When speaking about the 25-year-old earlier in the week, Bill Belichick said the team is having him play positions he may not be familiar with.

“He’s a smart kid, he works hard, and he’s building his versatility,” he said. “We’ll see how far that goes, but he’s got the ability to play inside, to play outside on the end of the line, to play in some coverage situations, to have a role in the kicking game."

Ealy has been seen working with Belichick on blocking punts on top of working both on the interior defensive line and on the edge.

“It’s just a learning curve. That’s fair to say," he said Wednesday. “Within the scheme of the defense, I’m learning, studying, picking things up every day. I had a natural ability to cover and do everything they ask me to do in the drop game so I don’t have a problem with it.”

As for his thoughts on an expanded role, Ealy didn't want to go there.

“[You’re] asking way too many questions with that one,” he said. “You have to ask Coach Belichick. Right now, I’m just in the phase of study, put back to back practices together and get better.”