When the New York Giants re-signed tight end Bear Pascoe earlier this offseason, they probably didn't anticipate him becoming a major player at the fullback position. Alas, injuries happen, and with Henry Hynoski now down and out following knee surgery, Pascoe is the man being called upon to fill the void. And despite working out veterans Michael Cox and Tony Fiammetta this week, head coach Tom Coughlin feels confident and comfortable with Pascoe leading the way at fullback.
“We’re very confident that Bear, no matter what role we place him in, he does an outstanding job," Coughlin said. "We’re very sorry about Henry’s injury. Henry’s a very optimistic young man. A day after he had the surgery he had three rehabs, so he’s ready to go. He’s trying to get ready to go and Bear has had opportunities to play in that spot, the B-Tight End and the Y-Tight End and he’s always done a nice job. He’s a guy that will learn it and he’ll be very much into what’s happening.”
Pascoe, obviously, is no stranger to the position, having previously filled in for an injured Madison Hedgecock in 2010. It was a situation he embraced then and one he fully intends to embrace now.
“I’ve got that attitude if this is what they ask me to do my whole career, I’ll do it,” Pascoe said in 2010. “I know I can get the job done, and it’s something I’m good at.”
And good at it he was, paving the way for Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, who finished the season with a combined 2,058 yards rushing. Whether or not he'll see that much success here in 2013 will depend on how long Hynoski is out, how well the recently struggling offensive line performs and whether or not the team does, eventually, sign another fullback.
In the interim, there's no rush and Pascoe has proved he's more than capable of handling this role if need be.
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