Just a couple of weeks ago, Jerome Cunningham was trying to make his case to make the New York Giants 53-man roster, especially with all of the question marks at tight end and no clear cut favorite for the starting job.
Cunningham did get cut by the Giants during the summer and the preseason, but the former Division II football player wasn't out of work for very long as his agent Howard Shatsky reported on Twitter that Cunningham has re-signed with the Giants on Tuesday and was added to their practice squad.
The Giants have signed my client, TE Jerome Cunningham @Coco_Loco86 to their Practice Squad. Congrats Jerome, hard work pays off!— Pro Football Mgmt (@HowardShatsky) September 2, 2014
Shortly after Shatsky made the announcement that Cunningham was signed to the team's practice squad, Shatsky then boldly predicted that he would be on the team's 53-man roster by the end of the 2014 season.
Football Mgmt (@HowardShatsky) September 2, 2014
When Cunningham was first initially signed by the Giants in early August, he was working a separate job putting up tents but then got a call from the team to come to their training camp and was told by his boss in Connecticut to go for his dream.
Cunningham, a non-drafted player out of Southern Connecticut State University in 2013, showed glimpses of what he can give the Giants; he had a practice where he caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib and then later in the practice, a much longer touchdown catch from Eli Manning.
Cunningham was competing with Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis and Xavier Grimble to be on the team in 2014; Grimble and Davis were let go by the team as was Cunningham initially, but now Cunningham is back with the Giants and if the three tight end options struggle to contribute or get injured (Robinson especially), Cunningham could have a chance to get moved up; Charles James went from the practice squad to the main roster after injuries depleted their defensive backs last season.
Last year, the Indianapolis Colts had Cunningham in for a tryout, but he didn't make the team and didn't sign with a team for the 2013 season. During the year, he working the side job and finished up his college degree. A year later, Cunningham can now call himself a professional football player and if he continues his development, could provide the Giants with a legit tight end option that they'ved lacked for quite a while.
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