On Wednesday, the New York Giants placed starting fullback Henry Hynoski on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured shoulder and signed former New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals fullback John Conner to a two-year deal.
Conner is a former fifth-round draft pick of the Jets from the 2010 NFL Draft out of Kentucky who will be returning to New Jersey to play in the same building he had suited up in for three seasons.
Conner, a 5'11", 245-pound physical and extremely strong specimen of a human being, is known for intense play and never being afraid to hit people on the field and hit the hole to pave the way for the ball carrier, a trait that both general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin like from their newest acquisition. Coughlin told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger during Wednesday's practice that he likes the versatility of what "The Terminator" brings to the team.
"We need a fullback, we need a lead blocker," Coughlin said. "He is a physical guy. We think he'll go up in the hole and clear the hole for the running back and we hope he'll be a good pass protector and contribute on special teams as well."
Aside from his ability to hit and block, Conner can catch passes out of the backfield and has some history with running the ball to when needed; 21 career carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns along with four receptions for 18 yards. A lot of the fans got to see Conner during the summer when he appeared on HBO's Hard Knocks for the Cincinnati Bengals and was thought to be safe, but was cut by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in August and kept tight end Orson Charles instead.
Although it is a shame that Hynoski's season is over after everyone had watched him work so hard to get back to the team from the knee injury he suffered back in May, only to suffer a season-ending fractured shoulder, the Giants have found someone who can pick up the slack. Conner might not be on the level of a quality fullback like Vonta Leach, but considering the fact that the Giants gave him a two-year deal and not just one; Conner is a player the Giants could see holding onto for a while if he's productive on the field and if Hynoski's injuries continue in his career.
Conner likely will be playing and starting at fullback for the Giants in their Week 4 game this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
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