It was a little surprising when the New York Giants gave fullback Henry Hynoski a one-year, $1 million contract when free agency was still very young.
Hynoski has been a solid contributor in his two years of healthy football with New York. He is very good in the running game and even presents a decent receiving option from time to time when a play breaks down. That’s not the issue. The problem is that the Giants already have a fullback in John Conner.
The Giants signed Conner last season when it became clear that Hynoski would not be able to play in 2013 due to injury. Conner played very well after being signed by New York, helping to rejuvenate a running game that was really hurting because of a terrible offensive line.
With two fullbacks now on the roster, the Giants are sure to let them compete with each other over the starting position. It’s a bit unusual to carry two healthy fullbacks on an NFL roster, so we’ll see about the fate of the player who loses out in training camp.
It’s definitely not a bad problem to have considering both players are good starting options at the position. It also makes sense because it is not costing the Giants much money to run this fullback competition.
The winner will be the lead blocker for newly-acquired running back Rashad Jennings. The Giants moved on from Andre Brown, probably because of his history with major injuries. The offense will have a bit of a new look with Jennings in the backfield and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with the clipboard.