Patriots Cut Ras-I Dowling after Two Injury Filled Seasons

Patriots news release…

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have claimed rookie LB Ja'Gared Davis off waivers from
the Houston Texans. To make room on the roster for Davis, the Patriots released CB Ras-I Dowling.

Davis, 22, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as a
rookie free agent from Southern Methodist on May 10, 2013 and was
released on Aug. 27, 2013. The 6-foot, 238-pounder, played in 53 college
games 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).

Dowling, 25, was originally drafted by New England in the second round (33rd
overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia. The 6-foot-1,
215-pounder, played in nine games during his two seasons with the
Patriots and registered 10 total tackles
and one pass defensed. Dowling started his first two games of his
rookie season before being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury.
Last season, Dowling was limited to seven games before being placed on
injured reserve with a thigh injury.