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2013 New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Fullback

July 1st, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Doug Rush

Henry Hynoski's knee injury at the end of May caused the New York Giants to do a lot of roster shifting and potential deal making, especially since he needed surgery and could, possibly begin the 2013 season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

'Bear Pascoe, Victor Cruz and Eli Manning talk in a time out' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Because Hynoski has developed into one of the league's better fullbacks over the last two seasons, his injury in the offense is a tough pill for the Giants to swallow, but it hasn't had General Manager Jerry Reese panicking.

Instead, Reese currently has two options. The first is signing free agent fullback Vonta Leach, who the team is pursuing right now and are currently battling the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans for. Leach is likely to land with Miami because they have the salary cap space to sign him to a big-time deal, so the Giants would have to get creative in order to sign Leach, but they also need money to sign rookie draft picks Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib.

Which leads into the second and current option: going with tight end Bear Pascoe as the fullback, which really isn't the worst solution that the Giants could have, especially since he can be a very productive player.

As a tight end, Pascoe is an extremely strong blocker who can catch the occasional pass and do some damage in the open field. In the past, he has been asked to play fullback for the Giants, even though it's not his natural position and he is better suited as the team's second tight end. But with Hynoski out, it's situations like that which call for Pascoe to step in.

If Pascoe goes to fullback, it allows Adrien Robinson to step in and be the second tight end for the Giants behind Brandon Myers and potentially get some early playing time that he wouldn't if Pascoe is the second tight end.

Now, the Giants are still looking at other options on the market, although there isn't a whole lot considering training camp is a little over three weeks away. Some of the remaining free agent options include Ovie Mughelli, Michael Cox, Peyton Hillis and Earnest Graham.

One other option that the Giants could potentially look at on the free agent market is former Tennessee Titans' fullback Ahmard Hall, who was very pivotal to the emerging success of running back Chris Johnson when Hall lead the way for him. The 33-year-old sat out the 2012 season and was a former United State Marine from 1998-2002 before walking on to the University of Texas, where he was the starting fullback of the 2005 National Championship team before signing with the Titans as undrafted free agent in 2006.

These options could all become moot if Hynoski ends up defying the odds and returns ahead of time before Week 1 to start against the Dallas Cowboys, but that situation appears somewhat doubtful, especially with it being a knee injury.

For now, expect Pascoe to be penciled in as the guy at fullback on July 1. But on July 26, or September 8? That could be a completely different story, and something that develops once the Giants get into training camp.

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12 Responses to “2013 New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Fullback”

    •  norm says:

      Bleacher Report?

      Seriously?

    •  jfunk says:

      meh.

      Variations of that article have been being written for years.

      And it’s accurate to a point. Teams ARE moving away from the FB because most won’t use one very often.

      That hasn’t stopped teams that employ them from being successful doing so though.

      I’ll also take it one step further. Now is the perfect time to have a top flight FB on your roster.

      As teams get smaller and faster at the LB position in order to combat these new spread offenses, they make themselves more vulnerable to a power run up the gut. Traditional FBs will increasingly become mismatches for shrinking linebackers.

      And the fact that so many teams are passing on them means they’re devalued and cheaper than ever too.

      Would that roster spot really be better spent on another random body unlikely to ever see the field rather than a FB almost guaranteed to win his individual matchup when called upon?

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    Cap wise we can actually probably offer a little more than 1.5 mil per year. What Nasib will sign for won’t be higher than minimum. Moore doesn’t count against the top 51 now. Pugh will get a little over 2 mil per year but that’s still replacing a min salary of like 550k. Meaning the net signing our picks only decreases our cap number by 1.5 mil or so. I just don’t think we want to pay him more than the vet minimum.

  2.  Krow says:

    First we have to make sure Vonta Leach gets top dollar from Miami. Then we can work on our own FB situation.

    •  sonnymooks says:

      This pursuit of leach has me curious now, are the Giants being disingenuous about the extent of the injury to Hynoski?

      Look at how they are treating the injuries to JPP and Hynoski ? I have a bad feeling they Hynoski has a much much more serious injury then they are letting on…..

  3.  kujo says:

    2012- Ravens
    2011- Giants
    2010- Packers
    2009- Saints
    2008- Steelers
    2007- Giants

    5 of the last 6 Super Bowl winners had strong running games led by top notch fullback play.

    Is the position dying? Apparently only amongst the teams who don’t win Super Bowls.

    •  rlhjr says:

      The more things change the more things stay the same. The Giants and their QB’s thrive when the running game is strong. BOOK IT peeps.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I also think that because the player has a number in the 80s we lose sight that some of these TE/HBs are also playing FB. There are a lot Pascoe type (more talented) that play TE but also serve as a FB for the running game. There are not many teams that don’t employ a FB type in their running game.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    You add Leach to a healthy O-line = 2500 rushing yards for this team.
    Plus Eli could throw it all over the field when ever he wanted.

    Have no clue how Reese could aford Leach and stick to his budget.

  5.  CT GIANT says:

    rljr: Point on , again, as I just looked at Bradshaw’s career 25 minutes film, and last years rookie Wilson & Brown.
    Unless your sight is in need , you clearly see #45 FB Henry, out front blasting a hole for all three guys to run through!
    If as posted above Leach could be had, the run game goes from good to awesome, and opens the door for Eli to have a 3,000 yards year, with one back or two maybe hitting 1,000 easily.
    Pascoe is good as a run blocker, but rarely is the lead blocker, and he generally is followed as he runs from one side behind the LOS to the other, by a LB, and tips off the play.
    No a FB lines up behind the LOS and generally waits for Eli in a I formation, and then picks the hole to hit with the RB right behind.
    Whether Reese can pull off this deal or not, I’ll bet he signs someone as time goes forward either during or before camp, that would simply make sense.
    It would also let us know if Henry is in more serious rehab then they want us to know.
    CT GIANT

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