Cunningham logged 29 offensive snaps but was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's season finale against the Packers.
Signed from the practice squad in mid-December, Cunningham played a larger role in the Lions offense week after week for the final three games of the season. This opportunity likely wouldn't have presented itself had Michael Roberts (shoulder) stayed healthy, but Cunningham nonetheless fared well as a third-string tight end who didn't log many receiving assignments. With both Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson (concussion) set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the league year, Cunningham -- who will be a restricted free agent -- seems to have decent odds of sticking around in Detroit for another season.
Cunningham was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota.
Cunningham saw increased snaps once Luke Willson (concussion) exited the game. It's possible he could earn more opportunities in the passing game if Willson remains out in Week 17, but it's unlikely the Southern Connecticut State product plays a large enough role to make a splash in fantasy circles.
Cunningham logged four offensive snaps during Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo.
Signed to the active roster just days earlier, Cunningham served as the clear No. 3 tight end behind Levine Toilolo (40 snaps) and Luke Willson (24). The sixth-year pro didn't draw any looks in the passing game and he doesn't figure to do so as long as Toilolo and Willson remain healthy over the final two games of the 2018 season.
Cunningham signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday.
Cunningham's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of Michael Roberts (shoulder) on injured reserve. The 27-year-old tight end will provide depth behind Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson going forward.
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