Originally written August 29, 2013 on Pats 360:
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Five veterans on the bubble tonight--cover32: Latest on cover32: 1. Jermaine Cunningham The 25-year-old vet out of Florida has had little to no impact on the Patriots since being drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft. Cunningham has played in a total of 27 games for the Patriots while, recording just 3.5 sacks. Cunningham projected as a reliable pass-rush option at the next level coming out of college, but he has yet to live up to expectations. With this being Cunningham’s final year left on his rookie contract, the Patriots might want to part ways and bit the bullet on the $309,375 cap hit. 2. Tim Tebow In all seriousness, I do believe that Tebow will find himself on New England’s final 53-man roster. Granted, I do not believe that there will be many weeks that he’s active in 2013 but he’ll still be a member of the Patriots. In the event that Tom Brady goes down with an injury, I’m not completely sure that Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and the Patriots are sold on Ryan Mallett being a legitimate NFL-starting quarterback. In the case of this scenario occurring, enter Tebow — a quarterback that has proven to be a winner and has one playoff victory under his belt. No matter how ugly Tebow has looked throughout the preseason, he’s still McDaniels’ “guy,” and I don’t see him giving up on the former Florida Gator quite yet. 3. Adrian Wilson Wasn’t it odd seeing the 33-year-old veteran playing with the “twos” and “threes” last Thursday night against the Detroit Lions? That can only mean one thing: Wilson is on the roster bubble. With Wilson still on New England’s roster, I am expecting to see plenty of him against the Giants — so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to focus in on him. 4. Leon Washington We saw LeGarrette Blount return kickoffs against the Lions last week. Does that mean Washington is on his way out? We’ll see. The soon-to-be 32-year-old returner isn’t the player that he was a few years ago, but he still has something left in the tank. But is it enough for the Patriots to want to have him stick around? With Washington’s cap number right now sitting at $1.2 million, it would only cause the Pats $360,000 to part ways with him. 5. Brandon Bolden I am almost positive that we’ve seen the last of Bolden. Bolden rushed for just six yards on one carry last week against the Lions and one that same exact play, he coughed up the ball. We didn’t see Bolden on the field since that fumble. We all know how much Belichick preaches that his team cannot turn the ball over, and with Blount performing as well as he’s had, Bolden is certainly on the outside looking in.
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