Jermaine Cunningham Becoming an Impact Player for the Patriots

November 18, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Chandler Jones is a Rookie of the Year candidate.
Rob Ninkovich is a game-changer with four forced fumbles.
While the Patriots’ starting defensive ends continue to draw the spotlight, their shadows blanket Jermaine Cunningham.
Cameras and voice recorders rarely approached Cunningham this season. He hasn’t been the focal point of any replays. But quietly he’s getting the job done.
Cunningham has been a part of New England’s pass rush package from the season opener. It was a role once filled by Mike Wright and previously by Myron Pryor.
In Cunningham’s new role, he lines up at defensive tackle. Coaches hope his quickness and athleticism gives him an advantage over interior offensive linemen.
Cunningham has been inconsistent at times, though he’s showing signs of improvement. Cunningham had just three pressures through the first seven games, but has 6.5 in the past two games, including 2.5 against the Bills, according to Th...

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