After two injury-riddled seasons, Ras-I Dowling has been cut by the Patriots.
The cornerback, drafted 33rd overall by the Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft, never really had a chance to make his mark on the team.
Dowling played in just two games for the Patriots his rookie season due to a hip injury that landed him on injured reserve and eventually required surgery.
In his second season, Dowling appeared in seven games for the Pats before once again landing on IR with a thigh injury.
He finished his Patriots career with 10 combines tackles in nine games over two seasons for the Patriots.
Dowling, who stands at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds looked to fit the physical mold of a cornerback the Patriots were looking for. The team traded for 6-foot-1 , 205-pound cornerback Aqib Talib last year, and re-signed him to a one-year deal this season. The Patriots also appear content with rookie CB Logan Ryan thus far in camp and in preseason play. Clearly, keeping the oft-injured Dowling around wasn't worth it for New England anymore.
The Patriots also claimed rookie linebacker Ja'Gared Davis off waivers from the Texans, and placed offensive lineman Brice Schwab and defensive lineman Anthony Rashad-White on injured reserve.
Davis played 53 college games at Southern Methodist and recorded 301 total tackles, 20 sacks, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He was a two-time All-Conference USA honoree. Davis scored five touchdowns in his career on defense (three fumble returns, one blocked field goal return and an interception return).