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Cunningham looking to make the leap

06.11.11 at 7:40 pm ET
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Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham told reporters Saturday that despite the lockout, he’s continuing to work out in hopes of making that jump from rookie part-timer to full-time contributor.

‘€œI feel like if you’€™re not getting better, you’€™re getting worse,’€ he told reporters after speaking with kids at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury to talk to a group of children after a free camp. The camp, named ‘€œFootball for YOU,’€ is put on by the New England Patriots Alumni Club.

‘€œI felt like I definitely didn’€™t get worse. So, I did get better (in 2010). But you can always be better, which is what I’€™m working for right now,” he added. “That’€™s the transition you gotta go through. It ain’€™t going to get no easier, it’€™s always going to get harder, with better athletes, grown men out there. Gotta go out there, work harder and compete.’€

In his first season with Ne England, Cunningham plated in 15 games and had 35 tackles and one sack.

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