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Patriots rookie undrafted Malik Cunningham is impressing at QB after mostly coaching at WR

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When the Patriots signed former Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham as an undrafted free agent, he was expected to convert to wide receiver to make the roster, and that is where he has been practicing most of the season. But in Thursday’s opener, Cunningham returned to training and played well.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the game that he liked what he saw from Cunningham at quarterback after he completed three of four passes for 19 yards and also ran the ball five times for 34 yards, including the Patriots’ only touchdown of a 20-9 lead. A loss for the Texans.

“He did a good job, showed some poise, some toughness, moved the team, and did a good job,” Belichick said.

Belichick said the Patriots value Cunningham as a receiver and quarterback.

“He’s been working in both positions. This is his opportunity and he’s done a good job with it. He’s embraced it, he’s worked hard, he’s improved a lot as a receiver, the shots he’s getting in the middle and tonight he’s done a good job with it,” Belichick said.

Realistically, if Cunningham ever made the list, it would be by showing promise as a wide receiver and on special teams. But anything the quarterback can show up is a nice bonus and a chance to earn third place on the depth chart behind Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe.

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