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Cunningham stays local for workouts

NORTON, Mass. -- The development of outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, who played 50 percent of the defensive snaps in his 2010 rookie campaign, figures to be an important storyline to follow in 2011 Patriots training camp.

So it's no surprise that Cunningham drew a large media crowd this afternoon at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Golf Tournament at the TPC-Boston.

Cunningham revealed that he's spent a significant part of his offseason in Massachusetts, training with Jerod Mayo and others.

"The workouts have been good; you just go out and try to get better," said Cunningham, who joins Rob Ninkovich, Tully Banta-Cain, Eric Moore, Marques Murrell and rookie Markell Carter at the outside linebacker spot.

Cunningham, a second-round draft choice in 2010, took note that the Patriots didn't draft another outside linebacker with a high pick this year. At the same time, that isn't changing his mindset.

"It's the draft, and the draft goes however, but my mentality is just to get better," he said. "I think it's going well."

Cunningham, who was credited by coaches with 41 tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack, and one pass defended, also gave a positive report on his health after missing time late in the 2010 season.