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New York Giants Workout Fullbacks Mike Cox and Tony Fiammetta

May 30th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

In addition to signing both tight end Chase Clement and linebacker Kyle Bosworth on Wednesday, the New York Giants also worked out a number of other players, including veteran fullbacks Mike Cox (Atlanta Falcons) and Tony Fiammetta (New England Patriots).

Fiammetta, the more well-known of the two, was originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with Carolina before moving onto the Dallas Cowboys (2011) and, finally, the New England Patriots (2012).

Cox, meanwhile, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. He would remain with the team until 2011 when he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, where he would remain throughout the 2012 season.

Although neither player was immediately signed after their workout, you can't help but think of the endless one-liners Joe Buck could pull out of his hat with Mike Cox blocking for Michael Cox.

There has also been no word on who the other players were who worked out on Wednesday.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants Workout Fullbacks Mike Cox and Tony Fiammetta”

  1.  Krow says:

    Just want to add that it’s sad to see Steve Smith retire. He was on track to become the top possession WR in the NFL when injury struck him down. I’m actually glad he sucked $2,000,000 out of the Eagles. Delivering one last blow for the Blue.

    Good luck Steve and thanks for the memories.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I forgot about that $2MM. Good on him. But still, bad luck that he didn’t get the money he could have from the Giants. The team was plain lucky he wouldn’t sign that contract. Reese dodged a bullet. Cruz gained a career and a lot of money.

      Life is full of contingencies. And for a majority of NFL players the outcomes are more like that of Steve Smith than most want to admit. Hard to blame them for trying to hold up teams when they have the leverage.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Again with the fullbacks?

    Let Bear play there until Hynoscerous returns (okay, if necessary bring in a camp body who is going to be cut but give Bear some practice back there so he’s ready when the season starts and Hynoscerous still needs 2-3 weeks to get on the field). But please let Robinson play a lot at tight end. Gilbride and Eli need to see what that kid can do. If he’s 80% of what the scouting group thought he’s going to be the best we’ve had since Bavaro.

    They have to avoid delaying this kid’s development. He may be a critical piece going forward. I think the pundits are all missing the fact that if the Giants have a quality player in Robinson then their skill positions (Eli, Nicks, Cruz, Randle, Murphy, Myers, Robinson, Wilson, Brown, probably Cox) are scary-good and their offense is going to be nearly impossible to stop if the O-line plays even decently (they don’t have to be elite, just average).

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think it’s about competition. Even if someone is signed Pascoe will be the #1 FB. But we should have a backup plan if one of the TEs can’t also play FB like Pascoe. I agree I want Robinson to have a chance but I don’t think signing a FB means that he won’t get one. I actually, think Robinson will get some time over Myers due to his blocking alone. Unlike past years I don’t expect us to have a pure #1 TE. Shockey, Boss, Ballard and Bennett are all better blockers than Myers is said to be. I think that leaves room for Robinson to play more than past #2 TEs.

      I agree Robinson is critical. I think 2 TE sets with him and Myers can be deadly if he develops into the Bennett like player I think he can be.

    •  JimStoll says:

      Hyonski is undoubtedly done for the season
      I know they say he can be back to start, but realistically, such predictions never come true
      at a minimum he starts on the PUP, then to IR or cut
      unless of course no suitable replacement is found and then week 8 or so he may be back

      what about the 7th round pick? isn’t he a FB in waiting?

      personally , I’d rather see us run a pro set with both Wilson and Brown on the field and lose the ponderous FB-oriented running attack that we’ve run forever
      but that’s me

      •  Krow says:

        Our ‘ponderous’ running attack … and it is definitely ponderous … depends on a solid, powerful OL. Even when they were good they were never powerful. This is the reason we always sucked on 3rd and short. You can’t run out of the I against a stacked LOS unless you have the horses to blow people out.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        It’s a 90 man roster. Why have no true FBs on the roster while your main FB is out. Signing a FB doesn’t mean anything, it’s just protection. We still have Painter on the roster and we aren’t concerned about any of our top 3 QBs.

        Cox is 220. That’s not an NFL FB. Even if he gains 10-15 pounds that’s still too small. But Cox has some running skills that could make him a good short yardage runner.

        Split backs is good idea in doses. Brown can block well enough that we should use some packages of that with a lot of success. Covering both Brown and Wilson as receivers will cause major problems for a base defense.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    While many focus on the 2013 draft class, I think this year is about the 2011 and 2012 draft classes developing. And not just the obvious choices. Guys like Williams, Hosley, Paysinger, Herzlich, Jernigan, Robinson, Brewer, Scott, Mosley, Austin, Kuhn and Muasau will determine our fate. We don’t need all of these players to “arrive” but some of them will have to in order for us to be the team we want. While we focus on the LBs and the impact the 2011 class can make there the key player for us might be Hosley. the reason I say Hosley is because if injuries occur even minor ones to Prince and Webster I think Hosley is the player we need to step up and start. Ross could get the call but Hosley has the talent to do more and he shouldn’t let a JAG like Ross beat him out as slot CB or the next outside CB in line. If Hosley develops more into the Brent Grimes type of CB I think he can be then that eases concern about CB. We still have some depth issues but Hosley’s development can help lesson them.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      At this point it’s hard to see how anything good can happen if Prince goes down. I’m a big advocate of Hosley (and have said that his unbelievable athleticism can make up for a good part of his size “deficit”), but without Prince that group of corners is hardly one anyone should trust.

      This smells to me the way the safety position smelled a few years ago: not enough depth to survive one significant injury, and a basket case should there be two injuries. We may see Antrel Rolle playing corner before this season is done, and that isn’t a good thing.

  4.  norm says:

    The Giants typically like to have at least one TE on the roster who they can rely upon as an in line blocker. If he can also catch the ball, great. But if not, there will always be at least one spot on this team for a TE who can set the edge in the running game and pass protect.

    Last year, Bennett was that guy. He’s gone and I’m sure the Giants are still looking to replace what he was able to bring to the table as a blocker. In looking over the list of players left, we see:

    Myers – good receiver, poor blocker
    Robinson – although he was used mostly as a blocker at Cincy, reports out of E. Rutherford suggest that part of his game reamins a work in progress
    Pascoe – vastly overrated in-line blocker whose most notable moments in that department have been his penchant for the untimely holding call

    Larry Donnell, Jamie Childers, and Morgan Newton are all camp bodies who may or may not possess the blocking skills the team is looking for. Which is undoubtedly why Chase Clement was added to the mix.

    From Clement’s scouting report:

    “Strong, blocking tight end with a one-dimensional game. Solid short-yardage pass catcher who looks the ball into his hands, takes a pounding but holds onto the throw. Powerful blocker who easily handles one-on-one assignments, turns defenders off the ball, and finishes plays. Quickly releases off the line and works until the whistle blows.”

    Obviously, he’s no lock to make the team. But I suspect that the Giants (1) will carry three TEs this year; (2) that Myers and Robinson will be two of them; and (3) there will be a spirited competition among Pascoe, Robinson, Donnell, Childers, and Clement to fill the #3 spot, the winner most likely being the best blocker of the bunch.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Pascoe can play fullback. The only way Donnell, Childers or Clements beats him out is if they can too. Fans may not love it but there’s a method to the Giants’ madness of carrying a real fullback. Tom Coughlin knows he has a truly great play action quarterback who can make audible calls at the LOS. The key to maximizing that potential is to have a strong running game. They will not be going to anything that makes the fullback expendable.

      I don’t love Bear (except for his name), but he’s the odds-on favorite to win the competition you reference.

      By the way, contrary to what Jim supposes, there’s actually a pretty good chance that Hynoscerous can return after 2-3 weeks of the season, maybe 4-5 weeks if they want to be cautious. That injury is not one of the really bad ones.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      If there’s any question about Hynopski then Pascoe is a near lock to make the team. I’m no Pascoe fan but his ability to play FB and provide a trusted player at TE makes him tough to beat for a roster spot. The other TEs have a chance if Hynopski is put on PUP or Hynopski returns %100 during the preseason.

      Donnell and Clement are the big blocking type of TEs, though Donnell seems to be more of an athlete than Clement and provides some Ballard type of upside. Childers and Nexton are more the HB type of players who would make some sense if they impress with no true FB on the roster.

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