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Patriots cut Ras-I Dowling

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In a surprise move, the Patriots have cut cornerback Ras-I Dowling.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report that the Patriots made the move, and it was confirmed on the league’s transaction wire on Wednesday afternoon.

Heading into the 2011 NFL draft, the Patriots liked Dowling so much that they took him with the first pick in the second round (a pick they had previously acquired in a trade with the Panthers). And Dowling showed early promise, starting the first two games of the season.

But Dowling suffered a hip injury in Week Two of his rookie year and missed the rest of the season, and Dowling’s 2012 season was also cut short because of an injury, this time a torn muscle in his thigh. Through two seasons Dowling has played in only nine games.

Now Dowling is done in New England.

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31 Responses to “Patriots cut Ras-I Dowling”
  1. smartanis says: Aug 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    Meanwhile in Jacksonville…

  2. fartsmella says: Aug 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    Busto-O-Rama

  3. kcflake says: Aug 28, 2013 5:04 PM

    Chiefs, PICK HIM UP. We ned a Good 4th Corner.

  4. pem34 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:05 PM

    His brother Ras-A Ghul was unavailable for comment.

  5. denverwally says: Aug 28, 2013 5:06 PM

    Too bad he was so breakable. The J.D. Drew of football.

  6. ivedoneyourwife says: Aug 28, 2013 5:08 PM

    So when do the Jags acquire him?

  7. audioflint says: Aug 28, 2013 5:14 PM

    Welcome to Detroit…where we love the injury prone prospects.

  8. 6ball says: Aug 28, 2013 5:16 PM

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    Belichick should draft round 1 and 3-7. A fan drawn at random should handle round 2.

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  9. descendency says: Aug 28, 2013 5:16 PM

    Still a better DB than Jake Bequette is a DE.

    Dowling was constantly “hurt” and past his rookie season, he seemed to regress. He will never live up to his projection and hype.

  10. thingamajig says: Aug 28, 2013 5:18 PM

    Just a short flight to Detroit.

  11. bearsfan39 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:20 PM

    Hopefully he got cut after they treated the facility for MRSA.

  12. all4patriots says: Aug 28, 2013 5:20 PM

    the end of an error

  13. steelers6rings says: Aug 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    Just another Patriot bust. Nothing to see here.

  14. bullcharger says: Aug 28, 2013 5:26 PM

    Finally! That is probably the worst draft pick and ongoing reclamation project ever.

  15. toonsterwu says: Aug 28, 2013 5:28 PM

    Shame. He’s got good raw talent(size/length/speed), but he could never stay healthy, dating back to his final year at UVA. I think he’ll probably get another look or two, particularly if a team tries him at safety, as he has the size and showed enough physicality to be pondered for that move.

  16. igotgamenj says: Aug 28, 2013 5:39 PM

    If this was a Jeff Ireland pick people would want to string him up.. but because it’s NE it’s OK

  17. gopatssc says: Aug 28, 2013 5:39 PM

    He will probably injure himself cleaning out his locker

  18. fryeways says: Aug 28, 2013 5:52 PM

    “Belichick should draft round 1 and 3-7. A fan drawn at random should handle round 2.”

    Made me laugh, but c’mon – Vollmer, Gronk, Vereen, Branch, Faulk… all round 2 guys.

  19. EJ says: Aug 28, 2013 6:01 PM

    Buffalo needs help at Corner.

  20. dlbpatsfan says: Aug 28, 2013 6:28 PM

    I’ve been high on this guy since that draft in 2011. But oh the injuries.

  21. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 28, 2013 6:31 PM

    The patriots are the most cut throat team in the league. No loyalty unless your Brady or Wilford.

  22. surfinbird1 says: Aug 28, 2013 6:32 PM

    Don’t know why Bill drafted him. Injuries in collage should have been a red flag. Maybe a late round gamble.

  23. deathonwings410 says: Aug 28, 2013 6:32 PM

    Another Belicheat Bust.

  24. toybkshr says: Aug 28, 2013 8:33 PM

    The old cliche ‘the best security is availability’ applies.

  25. ajsjr40 says: Aug 28, 2013 9:30 PM

    That’s a significant waste of a very valuable pick. Look at some of the guys picked behind him. Kapernick, Dalton, Sheard, Bowers, Torrey Smith. As a Pats fan this is a huge miss.

  26. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 28, 2013 11:00 PM

    @fryeways

    Laughable sir. Gronk? Hurt, Branch? alright, but a product of the system, Vereen? Under the 4th rounder on the depth chart. Vollmer? Servicable tackle, also hurt periodically. You make it sound like those guys are all pros.

  27. descendency says: Aug 29, 2013 4:41 AM

    Made me laugh, but c’mon – Vollmer, Gronk, Vereen, Branch, Faulk… all round 2 guys.

    ————

    Kevin Faulk was a Pete Carroll pick.

  28. achap39 says: Aug 29, 2013 5:44 AM

    bmoreravens1012013 says:
    Aug 28, 2013 6:31 PM
    The patriots are the most cut throat team in the league. No loyalty unless your Brady or Wilford.

    Wilford? Man, you sure know your NFL, don’t ya? Mayor Menino, is that you?

  29. greenmeattruck says: Aug 29, 2013 8:21 AM

    What happened, did he open a twitter account?

  30. wtfru2 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:33 AM

    Minnesota here I come!

  31. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 29, 2013 9:34 AM

    Patriots are realizing that it’s pretty tough to draft & be successful without CHEATING.

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