Before Vonta Leach even reached a decision, the Giants signed former Rutgers fullback Ryan D’Imperio to hold the fort at the position for now. The fact that the Giants signed him before Leach decided to head back to Baltimore, tells you that Henry Hynoski is most likely on schedule to return for Week One.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to get back for the first game,” Hynoski told reporters at training camp in East Rutherford. “That’s my goal, that’s my intention, but ultimately that decision isn’t up to me. I want to just get back to playing football at the earliest possible date. Everything is going really well in rehab, making advances and strides every day. I’m just excited with my progress and I know that the trainers are happy with where I’m at too.”
Hynoski seems to be optimistic about returning to the lineup, due to the fact that rehab has been going well. What helps even more, is that the trainers feel he is where he should be.
“I’m going to try to get back there at the earliest date, and you know, we’re being aggressive in my rehab and haven’t had any steps backward,” said Hynoski. “We’re going forward the whole time, so the trainers are happy with where I’m at, too, so I feel good about things.”
It’s been all positive signs in camp for Hynoski, as he has been able to stand during all the practices and not really feel any pain. He’s also been able to help out D’Imperio, who won’t be here for long, but you never know what can happen in the NFL.
“…he’s (D’Imperio) a great kid, nice guy and it’s my job, as a veteran player, to help new guys that they bring in,” said Hynoski. It doesn’t matter, regardless of the position, it’s my job. I feel like I’m a leader now on this team, been with these guys for a few years now so it’s what I have to do.”
With the Vonta Leach, D’Imperio and the injury, Hynoski was asked about his concern over the team bringing in an experienced fullback to take his spot. Something that has been all too familiar with the Giants, as we have seen fan favorites like Jim Finn and Madison Hedgecock quickly replaced.
“When something like this happens, you know they’re going to bring in somebody,” said the third year fullback. “That’s just the way it goes. You can’t concern yourself with worrying about that because the minute you do that is the minute that your focus goes away from rehab and doing that type of thing. That was my focus, that’s all I was worried about this summer, was rehabbing back, doing everything I possibly could, with that vision going forward getting ready for the season.”
Worst-case scenario, Hynoski may miss the opener, maybe two regular season games at the most with how his rehab seems to be going. I understand the signing of D’Imperio just for the preseason, but I wouldn’t give him a roster spot. Kevin Gilbride back in June told the media he was more than confident in using Bear Pascoe, a tight end whose played full back for the G-Men.
“Bear has been asked to do it before – be that ….. tight end and move back to the fullback position,” Gilbride said during OTA’s. “He has had to do that for us whenever the fullback has been hurt. It hasn’t been Henry (Hynoski) but it was Madison Hedgecock before. And so he has done a great job with that. It is not an easy thing. He is not a natural fullback but he is one of those guys that just whatever you ask him to do, he goes out and does it with as much courage and determination as anybody. As a result of that he plays above – sometimes – what your expectations might be. We asked him to do a very difficult role – he does it very well.”