The New York Giants began their organized team activities (OTAs) this week, and the first piece of bad news is that Henry Hynoski injured his knee on Wednesday. He had surgery this Friday to repair his MCL and a bone chip after he was “rolled up on.”
The absence of the Giants’ rock-steady blocker may cause problems for the Giants’ unsteady backfield, but how does his injury affect the 53-man roster that will take the field week one in Dallas?
First, Giants’ running back Michael Cox could take on a new responsibility at full back temporarily, in addition to his kickoff return duties, which he may win over from Wilson. Cox has the size and ability to be an effective substitute for Hynoski. Likewise, Ryan Torain may also make the roster due to his size and circumstances.
Torain is a big back with experience with the Washington Redskins. At 26, 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds, Torain still must have some gas in the tank after a very productive 2010 season with the Redskins. Look for him to also make the team if he can show Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin versatility.
Tight end Bear Pascoe’s name has been floated around as a temporary replacement to the vacated fullback position. With the free agent signing of Brandon Myers, the Giants have added a legit play making tight end to their potent offense.
Last year, Myers had a breakout season with 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. The Giants’ are hoping for better blocking from the free agent acquisition as he was managing a left shoulder injury all of last year for the Oakland Raiders.
Pascoe will continue his yeoman tight end blocking duties for this season after having been re-signed to a one-year contract, possibly filling in for the injured fullback in Week 1. Second-year Adrien Robinson will continue to develop as a blocking tight end, but may also see some action as a playmaker.
At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, Robinson has the look of a Jerry Reese development project as he will continued to be groomed under tutelage of Giants’ tight end coach Mike Pope under the play of Myers and Pascoe.
Hynoski’s injury has already created an opportunity for one of these players to step up. If they can’t find an effective run blocker to fill the Hynocerous’ role in Week 1, the Giants’ season will get off to a rocky start in Dallas.