The New England Patriots didn’t enter their preseason with a win and suffered a 20-9 loss to the Houston Texans. However, Malik Cunningham stole the spotlight among all Patriots players and his TD will be making headlines well into the regular season.
The undrafted quarterback was 3-for-4 passing for 19 yards and also delivered 34 yards rushing. Cunningham led a drive that lasted 14 plays and included 75 yards. It was a good drive and the talented player is proud of his accomplishment.
“Told the O-line and the whole group that we were going to go down and score, and that’s what we did,” Cunningham said following the loss. “I just felt like with my running ability, it gave (us) a little more options on offense to open it up so they didn’t know we were going to pass or run. So, that was pretty fun.”
Lamar Jackson liked what he saw from Cunningham in the preseason game and his reaction is priceless.
Cunningham gets compared to Jackson a little too often
Cunningham and Jackson are really close, and people keep comparing the Patriots player to the former Louisville quarterback.
“I do get tired of it a little bit, but who wouldn’t want to be compared to Lamar?” Cunningham said last year at ACC media day. “I mean, the great Lamar, in my opinion, the best college football player to ever play the sport. Just a role model to me, a big brother, and I’m thankful for a lot of the stuff that he does for me.”
Patriots players expect Cunningham to deliver another monster TD
Cunningham left a really good impression during the game and his teammates had great words for him after the game. Patriots’ wide receiver Tyquan Thornton watched him play at Louisville and became aware of his true potential. Cunningham’s performance was fun to watch and everyone has high expectations from him.
“Malik came in and did a phenomenal job, had a really good drive,” quarterback Bailey Zappe said. “Scored the only touchdown of the game. Did really good in both the run game and the pass game. It was really nice to see him do that. Especially his first game in the NFL, to be able to go out there and kind of put the jitters aside and play like he did was really good to see. I think like everybody, I’m sure he had those little nerves, little jitters the first play or so. As the drive went on, you could see he got comfortable with it. To be able to see him score a touchdown and how excited he got, was really good.”