Pats just signed this guy Darius Fleming who was drafted by SF a couple years ago. In 2012 at rookie camp he tore his left ACL and the following year he tore the same ACL in training camp.
After Easley was drafted I saw a few posts saying once an ACL is repaired it's stronger than before. This apparently is not always the case and hopefully Easley can stay injury free going forward and give the DL a boost.
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
The Patriots signed defensive end/outside linebacker Darius Fleming on Friday, and with Fleming fitting a different profile than the team's other post-draft signings, let's look a bit deeper into his file:
1. Fleming is listed at 6-foot-1 5/8 and 255 pounds. He appears to have some position flexibility, but at first glance, he likely projects to an end-of-the-line role as a 4-3 defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker in the Patriots' system.
2. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of the 49ers in 2012. He tore his left ACL on the first day of 2012 rookie camp, then tore the same ACL in 2013 training camp, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Thus, Fleming hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game.