February 26, 2024

Patriots

“Like, my man could not even get a crimson jersey.”

Trent Brown was not happy after Malik Cunningham joined the Ravens. (AP Photograph/Greg M. Cooper)

Malik Cunningham’s departure from the Patriots earlier this month clearly ruffled loads of feathers in New England’s locker room.

On a 2023 Patriots roster routinely hampered with a dearth of playmakers, an athletic quarterback like Malik Cunningham stood as a breath of contemporary air.

However even with each Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe’s up-and-down play by the primary three months of the brand new season, Cunningham spent most of his time in New England on the apply squad.

In his lone sport throughout the common season with New England, Cunningham logged simply six offensive snaps in a backup position throughout the Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the Raiders.

After the Ravens signed Cunningham off of New England’s apply squad, it didn’t take lengthy for a lot of of his teammates in New England to want him luck on social media.

However left sort out Trent Brown’s farewell message was considered as some potential shade thrown at New England for failing to function the QB in its lackluster offense. 

“@Malikc_3 go flourish the place your expertise is revered lil bradda,” Brown wrote on Instagram.

When requested about his social media put up in a dialog with A to Z Sports activities’ Sophie Weller on Wednesday, Brown doubled down on sentiment about Cunningham’s lack of alternative with New England. 

“It’s humorous as a result of I advised him months in the past in the event that they ever known as, if anyone, that’s the group the place he ought to go,” Brown advised Weller in regards to the Ravens. “It was virtually like I noticed it coming. And that’s actually good for him to truly get an actual probability to play his actual place.”

Whereas Cunningham not often noticed the gridiron throughout the common season, Brown acknowledged that the 25-year-old QB put collectively arguably essentially the most electrifying drive of your entire season throughout New England’s preseason opener in opposition to the Texans on August 10.

Cunningham helped orchestrate a 14-play, 75-yard drive that resulted within the Patriots’ solely landing of the evening in opposition to Houston, finishing three of 4 passes whereas gaining 34 yards on the bottom off of 5 makes an attempt.

“I imply, in all probability essentially the most thrilling drive we had in that stadium was in opposition to Houston in preseason video games this season,” Brown advised Weller. “Like, my man couldn’t even get a crimson jersey.”

Not like Jones and Zappe — who put on crimson jerseys because the group’s quarterbacks throughout practices — Cunningham was typically on the surface trying in at New England’s offensive gameplan, although the group was additionally attempting to show him the commerce as a large receiver all year long.

Baltimore may need its QB in place with Lamar Jackson. However Cunningham now has a spot on the Ravens’ energetic roster, and may be capable of absorb loads of info as a backup to his former Louisville teammate.

“I’m positive he’s doing properly. He’s an ideal athlete. He’s an ideal quarterback,” Brown advised Weller of Cunningham. “Wasn’t many alternatives he obtained to truly do it (right here), however I undoubtedly noticed glimpses of him being a superb quarterback. So, I want him properly. I want him one of the best of luck. I’m glad he’s in a greater place.”