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Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy having mixed success at camp so far

Carolina Panthers defensive ends Frank Alexander, left, and Kony Ealy, right, posebefore practice on Monday. The two are competing to replace Greg Hardy as the starter at right defensive end.
Carolina Panthers defensive ends Frank Alexander, left, and Kony Ealy, right, posebefore practice on Monday. The two are competing to replace Greg Hardy as the starter at right defensive end. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had high expectations for second-year defensive end Kony Ealy when Carolina entered training camp. The results so far have been mixed.

Ealy hasn’t been able to show the kind of consistency Rivera and the coaching staff are looking for in his second training camp.

“I’ve seen some good and I’ve seen some bad,” Rivera said. “The big thing that has to happen is he has to be consistent. And he hasn’t been consistent yet. When he gets consistent you’ll know he’s arrived. It’s two good ones, one bad one. Or two bad ones, two good ones. It’s got to be consistent.”

The Panthers are still looking for Greg Hardy’s replacement at right defensive end. Frank Alexander and Mario Addison have gotten the majority of snaps with the first team while Ealy has played mostly on the second team. He’s also seen some time inside at defensive tackle in the Panthers’ “NASCAR” package for speed rushes.

Ealy took some time last year to get started by came on strong at the end of the season with one sack in each of the last three regular season games. He finished with four sacks to finish in a tie for third on the team.

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