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New York Giants’ Ryan D’Imperio Ready to Take Starting Fullback Job, Prove Critics Wrong

August 9th, 2013 at 1:30 PM
By Doug Rush

With New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski on the sidelines with a knee injury — one that could keep him on the PUP List to begin the 2013 season — Ryan D'Imperio is looking at this summer as an opportunity to make a name for himself.

Both the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs didn't see a need for D'Imperio on the team and released him in his short time in the NFL, but the former Rutgers University linebacker turned fullback is using those releases as motivation and wants to prove both Minnesota and Kansas City wrong for letting him go.

“It’s an opportunity. Any time you’re on the field, it’s an opportunity to show what you can do,” the free-agent pickup said. “It’s your resume that you’re putting out there, you’re trying to make the team you’re on and you’re trying to put film out there for other teams in case you get released.”

D'Imperio will have a great opportunity handed to him on Saturday when he is in the starting lineup for the Giants as the team's starting fullback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first preseason action of the summer. D'Imperio has been splitting time in the first-team offense with tight end Bear Pascoe, who was moved over to fullback with Hynoski on the sidelines recovering. Saturday's game is something D'Imperio told Zack Braziller of the New York Post that he is really looking forward to.

“I feel good going into the game,” D’Imperio said. “I feel prepared and ready to go.”

After being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Vikings, he spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad, but did see some action on special teams in 2011, as he played in 12 games, but was released after the season. He was on the Chiefs roster in 2012, but never appeared in a game last year. Now playing in the same state that he played his college years in, D'Imperio would like the idea of calling East Rutherford his place of employment.

“It’s nice to be here,” he said. “It feels like … home.”

D'Imperio's fate for making the Giants will fall on what happens with Hynoski, because if Hynoski is back for Week 1, then D'Imperio's chances likely diminish. But that likely won't stop the 25-year-old native New-Jerseyan from fighting like hell to make the team.

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9 Responses to “New York Giants’ Ryan D’Imperio Ready to Take Starting Fullback Job, Prove Critics Wrong”

  1.  Krow says:

    In a few weeks the Giants will be looking at the last guy to be cut. They’ll like this guy. He has potential. It’s a tough decision. But he has to go.

    … OR …

    Or they can cut D’Imperio … let the Bear play FB till Hynoski returns … and keep this guy.

    It’s not a tough decision.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    For the kid’s sake I hope he plays well and gets another team interested. He won’t be on this roster.

  3.  CT GIANT says:

    100+

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I think some of you are underestimating the durability questions at RB. Picking a RB off the street isn’t a good solution. Last year we kept 4 RBs and still needed to add 2 RBs off the street so this year with less proved experience and no one who’s even been a #2 for a full season before we will go with only 3 RBs? Just doesn’t make sense. For all of these last of a position special teams is a very big deal. Scott being good and possibly impactful on special teams is a big deal.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      keeping 3 Qb’s will kill the 4 Rb’s.

      same with keeping the LB’s.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Doesn’t have to go to. It’s one roster spot. Last year we kept 10 DL and 7 LBs. This year we probably keep one less. Also with the quality of our WRs is a 6th WR really needed? Especially with Collins coming back from suspension in 4 weeks.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    He has a chance to make this team. If Hynoski stays on PUP he can earn his way onto the roster as a FB. I think it’s more likely we keep another TE but if that’s the case but he has a chance. He would have to play lights out though.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He’d be cut the second Hynoski is ready, which should not be past Week 2. Just doesn’t make sense to lose someone in order to keep him for that amount of time.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I don’t hear anything about Hynoski moving around yet. JPP is doing a lot more and he’s not a lock for week 1. It makes sense to be careful with Hynoski because there’s a reasonable replacement in place and you get to put off a difficult roster decision. So while I agree he will be cut when Hynoski is ready, I think that’s more like week 7.

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