Giants waive Jerome Cunningham, G.J. Kinne

Big Blue made several roster moves and parted ways with a back-up tight end and safety.

After signing nearly 15 undrafted free agents, the New York Giants waived both tight end Jerome Cunningham, and safety G.J. Kinne.

Cunningham appeared in 9 games for the Giants, while making three starts for the team. Cunningham hauled in 8 receptions for 59 yards. With the emergence of young tight end Will Tye, the return of veteran tight end Larry Donnell, and the selection of rookie tight end Jerell Adams in the 2016 NFL Draft, Cunningham would have little to no value in 2016. Cunningham went undrafted out of Southern Connecticut State, and spent his first year not playing football after going undrafted.  It wasn’t until a year later that the Giants gave Cunningham a contract. Throughout his tenure with the Giants, he was waived once in 2015 by the team, soon after to be re-signed for the rest of the season.

As for Kinne, he had an even more limited role than Cunningham, never making the 53-man roster. Kinne spent his time on the Giants’ practice squad. Prior to his stint with the Giants, Kinne notably spent time with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets signed Kinne after he went undrafted as Cunningham did. The Jets waived Kinne after just 2 months on the team. Kinne then went on to play for an arena football team, as well as a united football team. Later, Kinne spent 2 years with the Eagles as a quarterback. Towards the end of his tenure with thePhiladelphia Eagles, Kinne converted to wide receiver. Months after his release, the Giants signed Kinne to their practice squad, months later to be released by the team.

Both of these transactions will have practically no affect on the Giants, as both players had extremely limited roles. With the Giants lack of depth at safety, expect the team to sign a few more safeties to the roster. As for tight end, the Giants have plenty of depth, and will have to figure out the types of roles that Donnell, Tye, and Adams will have for this season.

The Giants have plenty more transactions, which will take place in the coming weeks, as they will be bringing in undrafted free agents week in and week out, in hopes of finding a hidden gem. 


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