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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