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3 Standout Players at OTA Practice (6/9)

While tight end Larry Donnell, one of a handful of young Giants who broke out in 2014, continues to deal with Achilles tendinitis, Jerome Cunningham keeps on making the most of his opportunity.

Seeing increased reps with the first team, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end out of Southern Connecticut State again made a highlight catch during Tuesday's organized team activities, hauling in a touchdown from quarterback Eli Manning in the back of the end zone in team drills.

"When he's looking at me, I can sense that he's going to throw to me, and even if he looks away, I know what I have to do to get open," Cunningham said about Manning during a recent interview with

"So if he does come back to me, I can still receive a pass. It's nice to actually get those reps so you can build that chemistry."

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Tuesday's practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center featured running backs getting involved in the passing game, which is the trademark of first-year Giant Shane Vereen.

The former Patriot, who set the record for most receptions by a running back in Super Bowl history this past February in New England's thriller over Seattle, made an outstanding touchdown catch today from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib.

With OTAs about to wrap up and minicamp set to begin next week, Vereen is catching on with his new team.

"It is definitely a different language; a completely different language," Vereen said about the transition to a new system. "It's like being thrown into a foreign country. But it is starting to click now and slowly [but] surely coming around. I'm asking a lot of questions and so hopefully here in a couple weeks I'll have it."


Vereen and the "running" backs aren't the only ones who get to show off their hands. When Henry Hynoski isn't blocking for them, the fullback can catch passes like them and did so on Tuesday. Hynoski, who is preparing for his fifth NFL season after going undrafted out of Pittsburgh in 2011, hauled in a handful of catches today.

Hynoski has 24 career receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown, which came in the 2012 regular-season finale at home against Philadelphia.

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