Hynoski making his mark with Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Thursday was just another day of work for Henry Hynoski.
Although, from the etched Giants logo on the glass doors of the team's facilities in East Rutherford, N.J. to the white NY on the side of his helmet, it was more than apparent that Hynoski was deeply entrenched in training camp for the New York Giants.
Hynoski, an undrafted free agent out of Pitt and a Southern Columbia High School grad, is one of 88 players in camp. While he is the only fullback listed on the roster, there are 22 other undrafted free agents from this year's class with him.
Wearing No. 45, the former Tiger and Panther split first-team reps with third-year tight end Bear Pascoe when a fullback was called for in the offensive set, but did get the nod in goal line situations over Pascoe.
During an open practice session in the shadow of New Meadowlands Stadium, the fullback ran reps behind all four quarterbacks in camp, including starter Eli Manning and backups Sage Rosenfels and David Carr, and flashed what could make him stand out — a sticky pair of hands.
Several times, in both 7-on-7 drills and a full-team workouts, Hynoski ran patterns in the flat and caught the ball each time, showing the versatility he so rarely got to display at Pitt.
Hynoski was also part of the team's punt coverage group during special teams drills, and, as was often the case when he wasn't in the huddle, he was picking the brain of nearby coaches and veterans. He is in line to replace Madison Hedgecock, who the Giants cut Friday, July 29. The Giants were also unable to sign free-agent fullback Vonta Leach, which shows a commitment to the running game with tailbacks Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, who combined to rush for 2,058 yards last season.
The Giants play their first preseason game, 8 p.m. Saturday at Carolina.