Cowboys finally get Kony Ealy to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence

The Cowboys had their eye on taking Kony Ealy in the second round of the 2014 draft. Then, DeMarcus Lawrence started falling.
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Dallas traded its second- and third-round selections to Washington to move to No. 34 overall, where it selected Lawrence. The Panthers selected Ealy 26 choices later.

The Cowboys put in a waiver claim for Ealy last year when the Patriots let him go, and the Jets claimed him.

Ealy finally joined Lawrence and the Cowboys this offseason, signing a one-year deal with a base salary of $800,000.

This is the first time Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers has gotten the opportunity to coach his son.

I wasn’t able to coach his little league team, I didn’t coach his soccer team, I didn’t coach his AAU team, I didn’t coach his little league basketball team, Rodgers told the media on Day 2 of the Jets’ minicamp. The first time I get to coach my Marcus Maye Jersey son is in the National Football League.

That’s a little different.

Kacy Rodgers II, who signed with the Jets in early February, said he sees his opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL and hopes to take advantage of it, though his chances of making the final roster is slim.

Marrone told Mike Garafolo of NFL Media that one of his messages for the team this offseason was to avoid the trap of people taking you to where we were at the end of last year. Paul George Youth Jersey Marrone said that the first year is kind of easier because fewer people are paying attention and wants the Jaguars to know that won’t be the case this time around.

Last year, you can easily say we might’ve caught a team [by surprise], Marrone said. But I don’t think we’re going to catch anybody [this year]. Now, everyone’s gonna know they have to play a good football game and they’ll be ready for us.

Whether because of complacency or other reasons, NFL history features plenty of teams that were unable to maintain success from one season to the next. Jacksonville’s ability to avoid that fate will be a leading storyline in the AFC this fall.