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Jeremy Igo

Kony Ealy Impresses In Debut

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Carolina Panthers rookie defensive end Kony Ealy has had mixed reviews in camp.

 

Ealy spent the first week looking out of place, unable to match up well against even the third string offensive line. Since then, Ealy has made progress.

 

Progress is exactly what you want to see from a rookie.

 

I asked Head Coach Ron Rivera his thoughts on Ealy's performance.

 

"I thought Kony showed up" Rivera said. "He applied some pressure on the outside. He a did nice job of getting in the fold on the bootleg. Made a couple nice knifing tackles on some runs. He made some mistakes obviously that will get corrected, but he showed why we drafted him."

 

"I'm very pleased of the effort we got from him today." Rivera added.

 

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Defensive ends rarely make an impact their rookie season. Starting veterans Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy also went through transitional periods from the college ranks to the pros. It is expected.

 

What coaches are looking for from Ealy is progress and the occasional flash of what he can grow to be. In this regard, Ealy is showing exactly what the coaches want to see.

 

"It's been a tough battle for him just getting used to the way we do things." Rivera remarked. "He came through for us today."

 

Ron Rivera was not the only one who noticed the improvements Ealy showed on Friday night.

 

As Ealy came off the field after showing real effort in a goal line defensive stand, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was sure to let Ealy know his efforts were noticed.

 

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If Kony Ealy's play was good enough for Thomas Davis's attention, it should most certainly be good enough for yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I noticed that he was in the picture a lot, good contain, etc. but the thing I noticed most was his enthusiasm.  He was getting into it.  Love it.   If this continues, and we continue to get results from KB and Turner (TNT, heard it here first), I will punch the person who disses Gettlemen right in the mouth.  The fact that it takes DEs a bit of time to develop is one reason we took Ealy this year and not when he was a need. 

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Give the kid a year, some bulk and strength training and he will be fine..he needs to be when we decide on the DE's next season

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If Kony Ealy's play was good enough for Thomas Davis's attention, it should most certainly be good enough for yours.

But I'm a fan on an Internet message board!

I have higher standards than the people who actually do the job :unsure:

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Maybe he will be good in a couple seasons and 15 more lbs.  I would not read a ton into a coaches good words for a second rounder.  Doubt he would slam the kid on the first preseason game.

 

Hope he comes along

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Ealy made at least 3 impact plays. thats very good for a rook. if you didnt see how disruptive he was (without getting the sacks) then i dont know who you were watching. 

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But I'm a fan on an Internet message board!

I have higher standards than the people who actually do the job :unsure:

 

yeah, and Gettlemen sucks!

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Any comments a coach makes before watching film is to be taken with a grain of salt--however, in this situation, Ealy played most of the game (so did Turner).  I have to think RR was focusing on Ealy when he was on the field.

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He's lucky that he is on a team with such talented, hardworking, stand-up guys like Thomas and Luke, CJ. Guys that lead by example. Ealy will benefit from this on and off the field.

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