Patriots cut Jermaine Cunningham

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The Patriots are saying goodbye to another one of their recent second-round draft picks.

Jermaine Cunningham, the Patriots’ 2010 second-round pick, has been cut, a league source tells PFT.

The move comes days after the Patriots released Ras-I Dowling, another recent second-round draft pick who hasn’t panned out for a team that has had some major draft misses.

Cunningham was a starter as a rookie but largely fell out of the defensive line rotation in his second season. Last year he was suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

18 responses to “Patriots cut Jermaine Cunningham

  1. Thats what happens when you have late round picks, and undrafted players who perform better…

    One thing with Bill, you earn a spot in camp, you’re staying, doesn’t much matter what round someone was drafted in, perform or you’re gone.

  2. Another 2nd rounder bites the dust. The Pats have one of the better rosters in the league, but the amount of 2nd and 3rd rnd whiffs is unacceptable, Dowling, Cunningham, Price, Chung, Brace, Butler, Wheatley, Crable, O’Conner. You can’t hit on all your picks, obviously, but the percentage on 2nd rnders has to be better. Especially if you trade out of the 1rst rnd to stockpile them. Luckily, they’ve been pretty good with late rnders and UFAs, and still have Brady and Belichick the coach. It’s also good they’re not afraid to move on from these guys.

  3. Never became that edge rusher they were looking for. Maybe he’ll catch on elsewhere and become that guy.

    Smith, show me a team that hasn’t had draft misses and ill show you a team that keeps and plays subpar talent just to save face.

  4. They do seem to have too many high round busts, but they sure make up for it with outstanding rookie free agents.

    Sudfeld and Thompkins are probably in the starting lineup week one.

  5. They’ve also had some major draft hits in the last few years, funny how people choose to focus on the Belichick’s failures as a GM while ignoring the success he’s had rebuilding this team from the ground up since 2007.

    Easily a top 5 GM from any objective standpoint. Everyone misses on 2nd rounders, that’s why they’re 2nd rounders and not 1st rounders.

  6. Not hard to figure – couldn’t help himself during
    preseason and the 7th rnd Buchanaan looks like a 53man keeper.

  7. I don’t know what this stiff made, but if it was $100. he was the most overpaid player in the league! Tebow would have had more tackles and sacks…and he plays offense.

  8. The Patriots do well in round #1 and are good at finding contributors in later rounds, why is it that round #2 seems to be such a blind spot for them?

  9. patriots123456 says:
    Aug 31, 2013 10:40 AM
    Thats what happens when you have late round picks, and undrafted players who perform better…

    One thing with Bill, you earn a spot in camp, you’re staying, doesn’t much matter what round someone was drafted in, perform or you’re gone.————————————————————————
    Absolutely – Like BB said a couple yrs ago, it doesn’t matter how they got here, it’s what they do after they get here!

  10. Bill has to stop listening to his college coach buddies or at least dig a little deeper for info.

  11. @steelerconsesus I know right? LaVar Glover, Alonzo Jackson, Ricardo Colclough, Fred Gibson, Nathaniel Adibi, Limas Sweed, Bo Lacy…

    Oh wait, those were steeler picks. Silly me.

  12. Cunningham wasn’t a bust. He got beat out! By a guy who looked like the second coming of Richard Dent Thursday Night. And I am talking about young Mr. Buchannan. That guy could be seriously good. Looks like the Pats struck lightning in a bottle like the Bears did with Dent in the 7th round. Belichick can really turn the heat up now with Buchanan in special 4/3 packages.

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