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New York Giants Sign TE Jerome Cunningham to Practice Squad

September 2nd, 2014 at 5:30 PM
By Doug Rush

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.

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.

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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15 Responses to “New York Giants Sign TE Jerome Cunningham to Practice Squad”

  1.  Dirt says:

    I hope the defense keeps talking, if only to take the attention off the offense.

  2.  Krow says:

    He’s found the right team. The opportunity is there.

  3.  G-MenFan says:

    In the leper colony the one-armed man is king.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Interesting that we choose him over Gimble unless Gimble is still hope. Several had high hopes for Gimble when he signed. For TE especially you always take the chance on a high level athlete because nearly all the top TEs are very good to great athletes, even a guy like Witten was a great athlete. This kid looks to be a very good athlete gives him a better chance of being a quality receiving threat in today’s game.

  5.  Krow says:

    I’ve been watching the NFL for a very long time. I’ve been a Giants fan since Chuckin’ Charlie Conerly was the QB. So it’s hard to step out of the mode of a supporter … and take off those fan goggles. But if I did I don’t think I’d be looking at a very good football team. If I were totally objective I might say:

    Coaching …. Tom Coughlin is headed to the HOF. But how long can the man stick around? We’re probably looking at a change in the next year or two. New staff … new philosophy. There’s going to be an adjustment period.

    Front Office …. It’s hard to say that we’re loaded with talent. We’re not terrible, but we’re not stocked either. Many draft picks didn’t pan out … several solid players left via free agency. We’re always up against the cap. Not a well-oiled machine any more.

    Offense … an (almost) 34 year old QB coming off 2 down seasons where he appeared to be regressing. Facing a new offensive scheme, and showing no signs that he’s mastering it. And OL that was awful last year and seems no better. Garbage at TE. One proven WR. A solid, but unspectacular running game.

    Defense … the DL has potential, but it’s not yet realized. The LB corps is comprised of an oft-injured MLB, a free agent pick up, a rookie, and a few jags. The secondary is excellent, and is clearly the best unit of the bunch.

    Both kicking chores are in good hands … but the coverage last year was pitiful. It will probably improve, but that’s yet to be determined. Who is the punt gunner? Who will return kicks and punts? There’s no one there who scares people.

    Of course on the positive side players do blossom. The NFL changes quickly. I mean look at us … two years back we’re hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. So there’s hope. And hey, it’s football season. We’ll still chew a few ears off. But right here … now … this instant … we’re not a good football team.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Krow, excellent post.

      •  Stuart Harfenist says:

        Great post..does it take old timers like us to see reality. What I noticed in the pre-season was that this so called West Coast Offense is not very impressive when Eli is running out of the pocket as soon as his first option is covered. If he regresses any further this team is in big trouble.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I’ll counter with:

      1) Coughlin is actually an excellent team manager and if given the right young, innovative, assistants can win until he’s 80. McAdoo may be the right guy once he gets a year as a coordinator under his belt. Fewell either proves himself this season or he’s a goner and we bring in someone really good because there’s enough good personnel to attract someone and the franchise is known far-and-wide as treating its people well;

      2) Prince Amukamara, Odell Beckham, Nat Berhe, Jay Bromley, Jon Hankins, Henry Hynoski, Devon Kennard, Damontre Moore, Brandon Mosley, Ryan Nassib, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Reuben Randle, Weston Richburg, Corey Washington, Andre Williams, Kerry Wynn, Cooper Taylor, Marcus Harris. Not one over 25 years old. A lot of good ballplayers. And I didn’t include Robinson or Donnell, nor did I include a good number of players in their later twenties who could easily play another 4-5 years (including players such as Jacquian Williams, JD Walton, Walter Thurmond, Jeff Schwartz, DRC, Spencer Paysinger, Trumaine McBride, Markus Kuhn, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, and Stevie Brown. That’s a lot of relatively young talent. Add two good drafts and you have what could be one of the more talented rosters in the league, and that isn’t including Eli Manning or Antrel Rolle, both of whom should be sticking around for awhile;

      3) Yes, not enough depth at linebacker and unproven pass rush. But, again, a few drafts away from having this covered;

      4) Much better bottom of the roster than in years past, ergo, pretty good special teams.

      You’re probably right that at this instant we’re not very good. But seasons are long in the NFL and December is a LONG way away. Let’s just see what happens.

      •  Kettles78 says:

        Question is of that young talent who could they keep when they become free agents like Thurmond and some others

  6.  William says:

    Not making excuses for our scary lack of talent at Tight End but given the available talent on a league wide basis its not surprising we have nothing. This lack of talent at the position is so deep that there must be some underlying trend. Is it because TE’s dont get paid in the NFL versus tackles and WR’s?? With the dream of making a roster so competitive how is this position being missed by high schoolers n college hopefuls. Hell, you can make n NFL roster and “start” in the Big Apple with an ounce of skill at the position. What other position can you say that; outside maybe long snapper.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Because you have to be able to block. And just like there are no more combinations of running backs (halfback/fullback) who block for each other (see Emerson Boozer and Matt Snell) specialization has killed the traditional tight end.

      The guys who get paid are the outside receivers. There are plenty of 245 pound kids who can flat haul a$$ like 4.5 and 4.6 forty yard dash. But instead of putting on 15 pounds and becoming a tight end, they want to be a wide out.

      You will always have freaks like Gronk, and the kid in Cincinnati. But they not easy to come by. A steady steam of tight ends who do not block will undo the passing game unless you have a pass protecting running back. But most running backs are specialized and don’t block well enough to be trusted in protection situations.

      To their credit, the Giants don’t deal with running backs who don’t block at least for the pass.

  7.  Kettles78 says:

    Can’t say I know much about him but they must be worried they might not be getting The Schwartz back any time soon.

    “FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports the Giants are “working to sign” free agent OG Adam Snyder.
    Snyder was released by the 49ers on Saturday. The 32-year-old has made 87 career starts, but has generally been bad for the past half-decade. With LG Geoff Schwartz (toe) sidelined, the Giants are looking for quality depth. Snyder would be nothing more than that as a versatile interior lineman.”

  8.  Begiant says:

    I find it hard to believe there isn’t a TE somewhere on this planet that wasn’t better than what we had in camp this preseason.

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