John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants have lots of decisions to make this offseason, but one intriguing one is who will be the team’s fullback in 2014. NFL teams rarely carry two fullbacks these days, so the Giants will be forced to make a choice.
Will it be the well-liked Henry Hynoski, who is coming off season-ending knee and shoulder problems, or will it be the physical and more well-rounded John Conner?
From The Sports Xchange:
“John Conner proved to be a solid pickup, so much so that the team signed him to a two-year contract instead of the usual one-year rental that was the norm for players acquired mid-season.
However, Conner will likely have to compete with Henry Hynoski if the former starter, a restricted free agent, re-signs with the team and shows that he hasn’t lost any explosiveness or strength resulting from significant knee and shoulder injuries requiring surgeries.”
Conner is already signed, healthy and ready to go. Hynoski is an RFA, meaning the team would have to offer him a tender by March 11th. They may not if they don’t think he’s healthy. My guess is they designate a “right of first refusal” label on him which carries no compensation. It just allows them to match any offer from another team.
Style will also come into play. The Giants are installing a new offensive system this summer and Hynoski may not have the skills that the team will need from their fullback.
From Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth:
“New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo comes from a world where an offense might line up in a full-house backfield on first down and an empty backfield on second down. McAdoo’s Packers would give regular handoffs to the fullback and the slot receiver and would try everything from cutting-edge spread concepts to the T-formation at the wall when they were looking for wrinkles. Assuming McAdoo is bringing Mike McCarthy’s philosophy to New York, the Giants offense is in for a lively makeover.”
In my eyes, Conner is a better option as a blocker, rusher and receiver. He is also a demon on special teams. The decision seems to be a clear one – Hynoski has his work cut out for him if he has designs on playing for the Giants this season.