With three preseason games remaining, the New York Giants coaching staff find themselves at a critical midpoint prior to the start of the regular season. At such a juncture it's natural for some muddled positional battles to clear up while other unexpected ones emerge. The position of tight end was surrounded by great uncertainty entering the preseason and it appears that almost three games in, that is one battle that is not becoming any clearer.
Of the listed tight ends on the Giants' depth chart, none have been able to distinguish themselves as an all around pass catcher and blocker. For the time being Larry Donnell has been seeing the first team reps as he has been able to make dynamic catches in practice while also acting as a serviceable blocker on occasion. Unfortunately, the Giants are still not impressed and have improvised a potential solution, at least to the number two or third string tight end role. Possibly even the starter though that is unlikely, as this mystery solution doesn’t exactly have the length and vertical leap of even the worst tight ends in the league. He is however, a terrific blocker and apparently not so horrible at catching passes as the Giants are giving him a shot at tight end in practice and possibly even against the Indianapolis Colts.
So what is this miraculous potential solution for the crisis that is the tight end position? It’s not so much heavenly as it is prehistoric. Don’t look now but fullback Henry “Hynocerous” Hynoski has been seeing snaps at tight end for the Giants… with the first string offense. It was initially rumored that the Giants might not even keep a fullback in order to save a roster spot, but it’s now possible they keep Henry Hynoski as a fullback/tight end hybrid if he can catch on (pun intended). The only way to find out would be to test him through the remainder of the preseason and see how Hynoski responds.
As for Hynoski’s perspective on his new venture, he seems eager and excited about the opportunity to increase his value to the offense.
"I’m really asked to do a lot," he said. "Right now I can play fullback, obviously, running back, and tight end is something I feel I can do also. Getting into some routes, some inline blocking and that type of thing. In this league, the more you can do, the better. It certainly won’t hurt if I can expand my role a little bit more."
Those of you worrying that Hynoski is seeing first team reps, it is worth noting Adrien Robinson had a nice showing on Thursday as well. It was his second day in a row receiving heavy reps with the Giants first team offense. He was even split out wide against a cornerback if not for any reason but to resurrect the controversial “JPP of tight ends” comparison.
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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Football, Henry Hynoski, Larry Donnell, New York, New York Giants, NFL
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