A pair of recognizable ex-Patriots didn’t survive the cut to 75 with their respective teams.
Cornerback Ras-I Dowling was let go by the Jets on Sunday; wide receiver Tiquan Underwood was released by Carolina.
Dowling, picked 33rd by the Patriots in the 2011 draft, suffered the same fate in New York that ended his time in New England. Couldn’t stay on the field. Dowling isn’t without ability -- he started his first two games in New England -- but he injured his hip as a rookie then tore his thigh in 2012. Released by the Patriots last August -- after another offseason where he was exceptionally committed to rehab and the weight room -- the Jets put him on their practice squad in October. Dowling is still just 26.
As for Underwood, he’s more known for his high-top fade haircut, relentlessly happy personality, and being part of a pre-Super Bowl transaction that fed the “Bill Belichick is mean” storyline that is sweet nectar to the national media.
Underwood was released on the Saturday night before the Super Bowl -- the last of what was about a half-dozen eve-of-the-game moves the Patriots made that season. But because of the spotlight, the release of Underwood was seized upon for content on that Saturday night.