The Baltimore Ravens snatched quarterback Malik Cunningham from the New England practice squad on Tuesday, and Patriots offensive guard Trent Brown apparently lashed out at his team on social media.
“Thrive where your talent is respected,” Brown wrote on social media, captioning a photo of Cunningham wearing a vintage Patriots jersey.
Cunningham showed flashes of being an intriguing quarterback prospect over the summer. In the first week of the preseason against the Texans, he passed 3 of 4 for 19 yards, adding five carries for 34 yards and a touchdown, which was the team's only loss in a 20–9 loss.
Considering New England has nothing left to play for the rest of the season – and quarterbacks Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe are clearly not the answer – it was strange that the Patriots didn't take Cunningham seriously as a starter for the rest of the season. season.
The former Louisville quarterback played for the Cardinals from 2018-2022. He appeared in 56 games and completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 9,664 yards (8.7 yards per attempt), 70 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, adding 619 carries for 3,182 yards and another 50 touchdowns.
The Patriots rank last in scoring offense (13 points per game) and 28th in total offense (291.4 yards per game), including 25th in passing (189.5 yards per game). Jones and Zappe combined for 15 steals, third in the league.
Brown's comments on social media suggest he felt the Patriots underestimated what they had in Cunningham.