Monday, May 12, 2014

If Easley wants to sack dance, he has Kraft's blessing


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft doesn't have moves. Remember this?

I apologize in advance for the nightmares tonight.

Anyway, one person Patriots fans wouldn't mind seeing get his groove on a little is the team's 2014 first round pick, defensive lineman Dominique Easley. Put Kraft tentatively in that category.

"I understand he's a great dancer," Kraft said Monday, via "Not that we're looking after sacks to have dances, but you never know. We'll leave that him."

The Patriots should start with just getting Easley on the dance floor, as the 22-year-old hasn't seen the field since last September after suffering his second torn ACL in as many knees.

When healthy, however, Easley is a force and was obviously impressive enough to be taken on the first night of the draft despite his injury history. The run-stuffer tallied 72 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his shortened collegiate career, with four of those quarterback takedowns and 8.5 tackles for loss coming in 2012, according to

Easley's character was also apparently a major selling point for the perennial AFC East champions, at least in Kraft's eyes.

Kraft went so far as to compare Easley to former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, a beloved member of the organization's fraternity, citing their similar family backgrounds.

"Joe's dad was a police captain. And three brothers who are firemen," Kraft said.

"In the same way Dominique's family serves our country. His dad has served two stints overseas, one in Afghanistan, one in Iraq. His older brother David has also been in Iraq. It's a great family. We're honored to have him here."

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