The New England Patriots made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday, and the most curious one came at the quarterback position.
As first reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Patriots are waiving rookie quarterback/wide receiver Malik Cunningham. According to Mike Reiss, they are also releasing veteran defensive end Trey Flowers. Cunningham is an interesting one, because he was just active in Las Vegas against the Raiders, when he played six offensive snaps without making a pass attempt.
Multiple reports indicate that Cunningham could very well return to the Patriots via the practice squad. That’s what happened after final roster cuts in September. But even if Cunningham ends up back on the p-squad, it’s still a relatively surprising move and the latest in what’s become a veritable saga among the Patriots’ backup quarterbacks behind Mac Jones.
That’s because Cunningham was the Patriots’ backup quarterback just nine days ago in Vegas. On top of that, Ian Rapoport previously reported that the Patriots had signed Cunningham to a three-year deal as part of his promotion from the practice squad to the main roster.
Apparently, Cunningham’s status on the Patriots’ quarterback depth chart has taken a dip in recent days. Even if Cunningham ends up re-signing with New England, the move could have implications for the Patriots’ other quarterbacks on the roster, which you can read about below…