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From the Hart: Cunningham on the clock

Heading into his third season, former Patriots second-round pick Jermaine Cunningham is clearly at some sort of crossroads in his career.

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After starting 11 of 15 games played as a rookie in 2010, last fall was a lost season for the former Florida Gator. He played in just nine games, with no starts. He was inactive for three games and then landed on injured reserve in December.

Amazingly, he finished the year with just a single tackle as a non-factor for a defense that seemingly needed all the help it could get for most of the season.

That's why Pro Football Weekly (you know, the other PFW!), put Cunningham atop its list of **Third year AFC East players entering a crucial season**.

"This could be Cunningham's last shot to make the squad…" the fake PFW writes.

I completely agree with them. Though the defensive end/outside linebacker spot remains a bit thin, the additions of Chandler Jones, Trevor Scott and Dont'a Hightower along with the possible return of Andre Carter could leave Cunningham on the outside looking in.

Bill Belichick has a history of cutting former second-round picks in their third NFL season, and Cunningham will have to prove something this summer if he's going to avoid being the next name added to that list.

What do you think of Cunningham? Will he make the team? What's his future hold? Let us know with a comment below!

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