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New York Giants FB Henry Hynoski’s Knee Getting Stronger, Very Encouraged for Week 1 Return

August 14th, 2013 at 2:56 PM
By Douglas Rush

Ever since having knee surgery at the end of May to repair an injury suffered on the first day of OTA's, New York Giants starting fullback Henry Hynoski has been very optimistic about returning to the team by the start of the regular season.

Even with Hynoski's optimism, the Giants were still taking proper precautions with first signing former Vikings fullback Ryan D'Imperio, who retired from the NFL this week, and then signing former Rams running back Ben Guidugli on Tuesday. Plus, the team pursued veteran fullback Vonta Leach, but he decided to re-sign with the Baltimore Ravens just after being cut by them back in June.

Many felt that the reason why the Giants decided to go after Leach was the team thought Hynoski wouldn't be back in time for the start of the regular season and might have to start 2013 on the PUP (physically unable to perform) List, but the Giants didn't make him a multi-year offer, so some experts really wondered just how serious the Giants interest in Leach was.

This week, Hynoski's proclamation of being back to the team for September 8 took another step in the right direction, as he was able to shed the knee brace he had been wearing, is running sprints on the grass and doing agility drills and soon, will be cutting and doing more football-related drills. Connor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger talked to Hynoski at training camp and he was feeling in great spirits and is still looking towards the regular season as when he'll be back.

"It’s been going great," he said. "I’ve been out here running and started to do some drills and agility work and that stuff so we’re picking up the progress every day, and I’m just excited for the next step and am just looking forward to what tomorrow brings. I feel good. Haven’t had any setbacks, out here watching practice and I’m in the film room and still learning, even though I’m not practicing. I’m working my butt off in trying to rehab and trying to maintain the best condition as I can so when I get back I don’t have to play catch up as far as that’s concerned. I’m lifting just about every day, I’m in good shape, and just have to keep advancing and make the strides I’ve been making all along with therapy."

The Giants will likely not use Hynoski at all in any of their preseason games in the summer; as they used D'Imperio and Bear Pascoe in last Saturday's 18-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. When the Giants play the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at MetLife Stadium, they'll likely try Guidugli out along with Pascoe, who for the time being has shifted over from tight end to help fill the void at fullback.

Many have felt Hynoski had started to develop into one of the better fullbacks in the league after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Pittsburgh back in 2011; Hynoski even caught his first touchdown of his career, a one-yard reception from Eli Manning back in Week 17 in a 42-7 blowout victory over the Philadelphia Eagles this past December.

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70 Responses to “New York Giants FB Henry Hynoski’s Knee Getting Stronger, Very Encouraged for Week 1 Return”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Repost: Gonna get some crap for this but whatever… #truth

    BigBlueGiant says:
    August 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    A player noone has really talked about but has really played exceptionally well ALL camp at LB and ST is Kyle Bosworth. Don’t be surprised if he someone finds his way on the roster over some of the other favorites ( Dan Connor, Paysinger, Herzlich, and even Tracy)…

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He could be one of those late cuts who simply loses the numbers game and the kind of team commitments to their draftees that the Giants have shown.

      I think the same thing might happen to Mike Patterson (which would be more unjust).

      If Curry begins to show ANY real progress there’s NO WAY that Tracy or Bosworth or anyone else pushes him off the roster. There’s a reason he was considered a “can’t miss” draft prospect. His combination of size and athleticism are off the charts. And he was a playmaker in college. He lost his way mentally, but now sounds dedicated to resurrecting his career. He is close to the perfect SAM if he has his act together. In fact, he has at least a chance to be, along with Moore, THE biggest pleasant surprise of the 2013 season for the Giants.

      •  F0XLIN says:

        I hope you are wrong about Patterson. Would much rather keep 5 DT, looked very good to me Saturday night.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Curry is a total “MISS” so far in the NFL. don’;t think he’s gonna magically turn things around because we scooped him up. And he didnt lose anything mentally. It’s because he just isn’t that good at the next level. His size, speed, and strength don’t mean squat if he can’t utilize it on the field at this level. So far he hasn’t been able too. Ask Seattle and Oakland about him. They’ll tell you all about him.

        Curry won’t surprise anyone. He may not even make the team.

        •  fanfor55years says:

          Let’s see. We really cannot know what was going on in Seattle. And he did a few good things in Oakland before getting hurt. He may have just been as uninterested and immature as he now claims he was. But it’s time for him to put up or shut up. I have no idea if he’ll show anything, but none of us do. We DO know he weighs 260, can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds, has something like a 38″ vertical leap and had a great shuffle time at the Combine (I have no idea what it was but I remember draftniks going crazy over it). And we DO know that he made about as many plays in the backfield at Wake Forest as any player in the NCAA during his junior year when he was THE marked man for every offense they played. This isn’t some palooka who was surrounded by talent and could hide from the offense. He was doubled, chipped, tripled and game-planned for and STILL dominated nearly every game he played. There’s something there. No guarantee he can now bring it out, but if he shows that he’s starting to they’re not letting him go.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Bosworth’s issue is he’s against some guys we have already invested in. So he’s likely not going to make the team over Paysinger, Herzlich or Tracy because it isn’t a fair fight (I don’t think Bosworth is better but it doesn’t matter). Bosworth does have a better chance against Conner but only if Herzlich is the starter. Herzlich plays specials and knows the defense well so he has good value as a backup if he loses the starting job. Conner (or a player like Curry) has less value and no investment so if Bosworth continues to play well he has a chance to knock Conner off the roster though it’s doubtful.

      As a backup player I think versatility, special teams and upside are huge. I’m not sure if Bosworth brings any upside. Remember our brass isn’t in the business of making roster change just to do so. That makes it harder on a player like Bosworth. If everything is equal between him and a guy like Herzlich, Herzlich is getting the nod. Probably Bosworth has to really out play even guys like Conner and Curry to have a chance given their NFL pedigree.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Well, hate to say it… but he’s been outplaying Connor, Herzlich and Paysinger in camp so far.

        Also, we dont really have that much invested in Curry, Connor, Herzlich and Paysinger enough to cut any of them.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    just listened to dottino being interviewed by Francesca
    didn’t hear the whole interview but here are a few tidbits without my editorializing

    1. Prince is having a great camp

    2. Connor looks to have surpassed Herzlich on the depth chart

    3. all the Painter talk is nonesense but they will keep 3 QBs as Nassib looks to be regressing by the practice

    4. TT is looking great in practice but looks questionable for making the team because of the pace with which they are working him back in — that is, he won’t play enough in preseason to earn a spot

    5. barden looks to be ahead of Jernigan on the depth chart with JJ’s only real chance to make the roster being as a return man, which 3 years into his career he has been unable to be

    6. Brewer looks to be on the bubble

    7. giants expect Webster to have a bounce back year

    •  fanfor55years says:

      #1 is no surprise. Stud-in-the-making.

      #2 is probably to the horror of the coaches but sure looked like it should be the case against Pittsburgh.

      #3 is what I’ve been trying to tell you guys all along.

      #4 sounds very sad but very plausible and, as I said earlier today, how can keeping him avoid costing us a young player we really need to keep even more?

      #5….if Jernigan cannot stay ahead of a total bum then he is obviously worse than a total bum. Get him outta here. But who backs up Victor Cruz in the slot?

      #6 is bad news but means Mosley is impressing and may well mean that they like Capers, whom I also like.

      #7 had better prove true.

      •  kujo says:

        Can’t imagine this being true, but we’ve got 3 recently highly drafted guys who are on the proverbial bubble–Austin, Jernigan and Brewer. Add to that list Chad Jones, who–through no fault of anyone– gave us exactly ZILCH, and you’ve got 4 really dismal ROE’s in Reese’s ledger book. I’ve brought this up several times of late, and it usually solicits the sort of boos and hisses typically reserved for shockjocks and “controversial” talking heads. But think about it–4 guys, all drafted in the top half of the 3 most recent drafts, giving us nothing. That’s gotta mean something, no?

        •  GOAT56 says:

          First let them not make the team. I don’t believe any of those players will be cut. How many times do we cut a 3rd year draft pick? It’s just not something we do. It would be saying a lot if even one of them got cut. No way all 3 get cut. And I think it’s more likely all stay than even one get cut. Cutting a versatile backup that was running with the 1s in Brewer seems to make no sense. We are looking for long term solutions at guard and from the reps he gotten he at least appears to be on the radar. We have already talked about Jernigan and Austin.

          •  kujo says:

            As I said before, I doubt any of them gets cut. That would be a monumental shift in our typical organizational structure, the kind of thing we just don’t do.

            That being said, let’s be clear–the ROEs on these guys is what it is. Injury, lack of opportunity, lack of fit in our schemes…excuses. We haven’t gotten anything out of them, and our struggles of today are undoubtedly affected by this very thing. This is the point that I’ve been trying to make, repeatedly.

            •  GOAT56 says:

              That happens. But then what you forgetting is the extra ROI we have gotten from late round picks and undrafted guys. It’s a balancing act and we have still brought in plenty of young talent even with some players not working out.

          •  BigBlueGiant says:

            You can’t see JJ being cut? I can easily see him gone.

            •  GOAT56 says:

              You and many other over the years are looking at how you feel the player has performed. The brass especially for a draft pick looks at their upside and if they think they can still provide something they are kept. This has been the normal practice with many players long debated about here. It’s just not how we have done things. Jernigan was a 3rd round pick, it’s just not like us sans injury to give up on a pick that high after only 2 years.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Murphy backs up Cruz in the slot.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I was listening too:

      2) I would say Conner has made progress on Herzlich and not it looks to be a real toss up.

      4) He questioned if TT will play enough that they can trust a roster spot to him.

      5) Barden has practiced better at WR but Jernigan brings a special teams value so he was unsure which way to lean.

      6) Was a Paul Dottino answer to a surprise vet being cut.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Based on Jim’s report above the thing that now has me concerned is it sounds like we have NO, and I mean NO, depth at wide receiver. If we have to depend for an extended period on Barden, and a player even worse than that stiff, it will be a repeat of a few years ago when we didn’t give Eli much of anyone to throw to when our primary receivers missed lots of time.

    Nicks, Cruz, Randle and Murphy need to stay healthy all season or our highly caffeinated offense may get drowsy in a hurry.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Calm down. Barden has always performed well in practice. Jernigan performed very well in the game, came in earlier and has special teams value. I would be surprised if Barden was kept over JJ. Barden is just not versatile enough for a 5th or 6th WR.

      One thing the report did seem to confirm is it’s looking like 5 WRs.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        you drinking again?

        JJ hasn’t been healthy. And Barden has outplayed him in camp.
        don’;t be shocked if JJ doesn’t make the team. He’s a bum. Total wash.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          JJ was out one week. He came back and played well in the game. A backup WR position is more about special teams than being a WR. BArden has to outplay JJ at WR to even have a chance. Plus with Jernigan being a 3rd year draft pick, Barden has little chance. We have argued over years but when it’s close a draft pick always gets the benefit of the doubt. JJ still has one more year after this one under his rookie deal.

          •  BigBlueGiant says:

            He’s dogged practices and sat out a bunch as well.

            TC has publicly called him out on him not being on the field.

            So far, Barden HAS outplayed JJ every chance he’s had.

            Stop the love for JJ. he’s hot doody.

            •  GOAT56 says:

              So now in JJ’s case practice means more than the games? He played well in game one and you’re not arguing that so why does practice matter? It’s better he practice but acting like it’s a crime for him to miss a few practices if he continues to play in games is silly. Barden has practiced well but I didn’t see him do anything in the game. In fact, Adams played before him.

              •  BigBlueGiant says:

                Jerningan is in the doghouse bc dude can’t get on the field right now.

                He’s not gonna make the final 53.

          •  BigBlueGiant says:

            Ralph Vacchiano ?@RVacchianoNYDN 41m

            WR Jerrel Jernigan, RB Da’Rel Scott did not practice. CB Corey Webster and OL James Brewer were back at practice. #NYG

            GUESS WHO ISN’T Practicing again?

            •  fanfor55years says:

              Man, this kid seems to be challenging them to cut him.

              •  BigBlueGiant says:

                this is my point. TC has publicly said how unhappy he is with JJ, and how important it is for HIM to be out there. and he’s not…

        •  JimStoll says:

          I think Dottino’s comment (egged on by Francesca) was that JJ looked in college to have return skills but that he hasn’t shown that ability as a pro
          because Barden has supposedly outplayed him in camp, without suddenly displaying return ability in one of these next 2 games, he could get the axe

          that said, he did get more reps than Barden agains t Pitt, and if memory serves had 3 receptions

          I suppose the question is what does getting a lot of reps in preseason game #1 mean for a 3rd year vet?

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Say what you want about Barden… When we needed him to step up in that Carolina game, he did. I dont care who he was lined up against. He played well.

      Also, I think we can expect Nicks to miss at least 3-4 games for something or another. I’ll be shocked if he plays a whole season.

      and…. Derek Hagan is on speed dial.

  4.  Tony StarKK says:

    I’m sitting here watching this career highlight video from NYGiantsCentral and it truly shows how amazing Eli is as our QB. Also, makes me miss Steve Smith, Plaxico Burress and Mario Manningham.

    •  kujo says:

      Yeah man. Loved me some Smith. Not so much Plax or Mario, but they will certainly have a place in my heart, as well as a place of honor in the annals of Giants history.

      But let me say this right now–6 months from now, the trio of Nicks, Cruz and Randle are going to make all of us forget Plax, Smith and Mario. That’s not an insult to their predecessors, but rather a statement of fact–the guys we have now are infinitely more talented, individually AND as a group, than the ones we’ve had in the past. Their ceiling is galactic in height!

      •  JimStoll says:

        its not even close
        especially since the trio of Nicks Cruz and Manningham long ago overshadowed any trio that included Plax

        the only thing that can slow down the trio this year aside from injury is David Diehl
        he alone has the power to tear the house asunder

        •  fanfor55years says:

          I just heard a rumor that David Diehl reads Giants 101, knows where you and a few others here live, and intends to have a few drinks, get in his car, and come and beat the hell out of each of you and then run you over.

          Rumor has it he was told that Chad Jones was planning on bulking up and challenging him for a spot, and we know how that ended. You should start running.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        +1000, and as you know, I’ve been saying this for awhile. But you just said it even better. Nicks is better than Plax. Cruz and Smith aren’t in the same universe (was Smith EVER a game-breaker? ‘Nuff said). And Randle will be not only more reliable but flat-out better than Manningham. So collectively, it’s not close.

        •  Tony StarKK says:

          agree with all of the above…how many days do we have left until we see dallas week 1, 24 days.

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:


    anfor55years says:
    August 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Let’s see. We really cannot know what was going on in Seattle. And he did a few good things in Oakland before getting hurt. He may have just been as uninterested and immature as he now claims he was. But it’s time for him to put up or shut up. I have no idea if he’ll show anything, but none of us do. We DO know he weighs 260, can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds, has something like a 38? vertical leap and had a great shuffle time at the Combine (I have no idea what it was but I remember draftniks going crazy over it). And we DO know that he made about as many plays in the backfield at Wake Forest as any player in the NCAA during his junior year when he was THE marked man for every offense they played. This isn’t some palooka who was surrounded by talent and could hide from the offense. He was doubled, chipped, tripled and game-planned for and STILL dominated nearly every game he played. There’s something there. No guarantee he can now bring it out, but if he shows that he’s starting to they’re not letting him go.

    Great, he was good in college. Got drafted high and he just couldn’t hack it. He has amazing combine numbers. WOW! AMAZING!

    Funny, I can think of someone who had a LOUSY combine, was labled UNDRAFTABLE, SLOW, OUT OF SHAPE, NOT FAST ENOUGH, NOT STRONG ENOUGH, POOR LATERAL MOVEMENT and the list goes on and on… He went undrafted last year, then was picked up as a UDFA, Went on to start and combined 147 tackles playing the WILL, A position he never played before. you know very well who i’m talking about…

    Combine, stats, and all those measurables are meaningless to me. Curry hasn’t done D!Ck on the field in the NFL. He’s a bust.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I don’t disagree. I’m just saying that if they see ANY signs that he has turned it around he sticks, and if he then progresses toward using his physical skills he could be a major “find”. Do I think it happens? No. Do I think it’s possible? Anything’s possible.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      So were both Brown before last year and Beatty before 2011. Some players take time to develop. It doesn’t mean that many players just can’t cut it. But it does mean that some over time become good players.

      Your boys issue was his attitude as much as the combine. He proved doubters wrong but there are reasons every team passed on him that was much more than measurables. Moore had a really poor combine and still got drafted in the 3rd round.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Nah man… Some players just can’t cut it in this league. It happens. I think he’s one of those guys. It happens to the best of them.

        as for my friend, it was more of how he shunned Dennis Erickson publicly and how he was playing ‘angry’ instead of in control that didn’t get him drafted. People labeled him a trouble maker ( never been in trouble before), and then something about him smoking weed came out. That’s what happened. I’m sure EVERY team in the NFL regrets not giving him a chance.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I understand what you think but after 2 years playing behind more experienced WRs it’s not a crazy view to think he will contribute but he just needed to refine his game.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    The thing that hurts Barden making the roster more than JJ is Murphy. Without Murphy, Barden would have a chance to be a top 4 WR. As a top 4 WR his lack of special teams really don’t matter much. But with Murphy, Murphy slides into 3 WRs sets should Nicks get injured. Barden is at least 2 injuries away from being in the WR group. We rarely play 4 WRs.

    It’s just like there were many that though Barden would get the boot for the past few years but because he was a draft pick and held some promise he hung around. Let’s not forget it wasn’t until his 4th year that he did something. JJ is going into his 3rd year. Our brass is extremely patient an believes in player development.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      well, it’s also possible that Murphy gets cut and Barden AND JJ make the team.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Even you don’t believe that.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          Im not sold on Murphy like some of you guys here.

          Stranger things have happened.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            It’s not about being sold all the time. Look at the how Murphy has been used. Even though he’s new in this system he’s been ahead of Barden and JJ from day one. He provides a big fast target and that’s something neither Barden or JJ can provide. Even if doesn’t turn out to be what they hoped he will be on the roster. And he plays special teams.

  7.  BigBlueGiant says:

    WOW. Tom Brady injures his knee today!

  8.  JimStoll says:

    TC on the FAN right now

  9.  Sintexo says:

    Take it as you will:
    * Justin Pugh, working with both the ones at right tackle and twos at left tackle, had some trouble handling Adewale Ojomo’s rush.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Ojomo was getting run with the 2s? That would be news. That helps his chances of sticking because he needs to prove he can play against NFL talent.

  10.  JimStoll says:

    TC praises Moore on the FAN
    also praises Andre Brown

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