I’m very excited. I love it here. I love the people

Tuesday during a break in voluntary offseason work. “The program, as far as how Coach Belichick runs it, everybody buys in. You can see the difference between that.”

Ealy spent his first three NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who in March traded him and a third-round pick (No. 72) in exchange for a second-round pick (No. 64).

While Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman might object, some view the trade of gaining eight spots in the draft as essentially giving Ealy away.

In a March 24 story in the Charlotte Observer, reporter Joseph Person wrote that Ealy’s “inconsistency and at-times stubborn stance to coaching” convinced the team to move on. Later that month at the NFL annual meeting, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Ealy still has his best football ahead of him and the key for him in New England will be listening to coaches.

That hasn’t seemed to be a problem.

Ealy repeated the word “process” multiple times on Tuesday, saying what he’s experiencing with the Patriots is “totally, totally different” but it’s a “good different.” The attention to detail preached by Bill Belichick, on and off the field, is what Ealy said stands out to him.