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Patriots Cut Jermaine Cunningham

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According to a report from Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com, the New England Patriots have released defensive end Jermaine Cunningham.

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According to a report from Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com, the New England Patriots have released defensive end Jermaine Cunningham.

The move comes just a few days after the Patriots moved on from another disappointing second round draft choice - cornerback Ras-I Dowling.

Cunningham's career in New England was certainly up and down.  He was a second round draft choice in 2010, and became a starter at LOLB early in his rookie season.  While he produced only one sack, hopes were high for Cunningham in year two.  Unfortunately, Cunningham struggled to adapt to the switch to the 4-3 in 2011.

However, in 2012, Cunningham made some strides.  He saw success in sub-packages rushing from a 3-technique position and become a valued member of the defensive line rotation.  Unfortunately, a 4-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy.  The suspension stunted his momentum, and he never really regained it.  A preseason injury prevented Cunningham from practicing or playing the last few weeks, and as a result, he was passed on the depth chart.

With a contract set to expire after the season, the Patriots opted to move on from Cunningham now.  The move leaves the Patriots with Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Justin Francis, Michael Buchanan, and Jake Bequette at the position.

And just like that, Brandon Spikes is the last former Florida Gator standing on the Patriots roster.