Malik Cunningham is sticking round.
A day after the Patriots waived the rookie quarterback/receiver to clear a spot on the energetic roster, Cunningham reportedly cleared waivers and re-signed with New England’s follow squad, per Christopher Worth of The Boston Globe.
Cunningham, who signed a three-year contract with New England lower than two weeks in the past, solely performed one sport as Mac Jones’ backup earlier than being positioned on the inactive record for New England’s dwelling win over the Payments in Week 7.
The previous Louisville QB spent the primary 5 weeks of the 2023 season on the follow squad, and can proceed to develop in that position shifting ahead. Cunningham’s two-way skillset and pace ought to turn out to be useful as a scout QB throughout practices.
New England invited loads of danger exposing Cunningham to waivers on Tuesday. The Patriots misplaced rookie cornerback Ameer Velocity final week whereas making an attempt to sneak him onto the follow squad, with the Colts claiming the 2023 sixth-round choice.
With Cunningham again on the follow squad and a roster spot obtainable, New England might choose to signal one other participant on the follow squad like WR Jalen Reagor or DL Jeremiah Pharms. Each Reagor and Pharms are out of practice-squad elevations shifting ahead, with Reagor taking part in 42 p.c of New England’s offensive snaps towards the Payments.
“Jalen’s are available, been a very good scout workforce participant for us,” Invoice Belichick mentioned of Reagor on Wednesday morning. “We’ve performed towards plenty of high receivers, and he’s gotten plenty of a superb alternatives with a few of the routes that these guys run to type of be featured slightly bit on a few of the scout workforce performs.
“He’s earned some taking part in time, which has come from his follow time, follow efficiency. He’s selecting up the offense, and we’ll see the way it goes. He’s received good expertise, good man to work with, glad now we have him.”
Damage experiences launched
The Patriots solely had one participant who didn’t take part in Wednesday’s follow at Gillette Stadium, with rookie Keion White nonetheless sidelined with a concussion.
New England did have 11 different gamers tabbed as restricted members, together with Trent Brown — who was hampered within the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win towards the Payments as a result of an ankle/knee harm.
Linebacker Josh Uche was restricted with a knee harm, however Wednesday stood as a step in the precise path for the go rusher. Uche missed all of final week after getting injured in New England’s Week 6 loss to the Raiders.
Right here’s New England’s full harm report on Wednesday:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DL Keion White, Concussion
OL Calvin Anderson, Sickness
DL Christian Barmore, Knee
OT Trent Brown, Ankle/Knee
DL Davon Godchaux, Ankle
TE Hunter Henry, Ankle
CB Jonathan Jones, Knee
RB Ty Montgomery, Knee
G Cole Unusual, Knee
LB Josh Uche, Ankle/Toe
CB Shaun Wade, Shoulder
DL Deatrich Clever Jr., Shoulder
Even thought a number of key contributors for New England are banged up, the Patriots’ upcoming opponent within the Miami Dolphins may very well be with out their high offensive conduit in wideout Tyreek Hill.
Hill didn’t take part on Wednesday as a result of a hip harm, with Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa signaling throughout his media availability that the All-Professional receiver could be on the shelf for an prolonged stretch.
“If we couldn’t have Tyreek, that might be powerful,” Tagovalioa mentioned. “However the present goes on. You’ve received to proceed to play. Someplace down the road, we’re going to get Tyreek again.”
In simply seven video games this season, Hill has already racked up 53 catches for 902 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Right here’s a have a look at Miami’s harm report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Tyreek Hill, Hip
S Jevon Holland, Concussion
RB Alec Ingold, Foot
OL Robert Jones, Not Damage Associated – Private
RB Raheem Mostert, Ankle
WR River Cracraft, Shoulder
CB Xavien Howard, Groin
CB Kader Kohou, Neck
CB Nik Needham, Achilles
CB Jalen Ramsey, Knee
CB Cam Smith, Foot
WR Jaylen Waddle, Again
C Connor Williams, Groin
LB David Lengthy Jr., Knee / Gameday Concussion Protocol Analysis
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