It may not be the sexiest or most headline-grabbing positional battle at New York Giants training camp this year, but the competition for fullback will be a close one.
Henry Hynoski and John Conner will be going head-to-head for one available roster spot, as NFL teams rarely carry more than one fullback.
The Giants signed Conner last season after Hynoski fractured his shoulder in New York’s Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Conner came in and played even better than the Giants could have hoped, providing stellar run and pass blocking. He played so well that he earned a chance to battle Hynoski for New York’s permanent fullback role.
Personally, I still give the edge to Hynoski in this competition. First of all, Hynoski is about a year and a half younger than Conner. Hynoksi has also shown that he can do more than block within the dynamic of the offense.
Over the first three years of his career (really two years and three weeks), Hynoski has caught 23 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown. Also in 2012, Hynoski carried the ball five times for 20 yards. These numbers are certainly not eye-popping but they are still solid for a player who is not asked to do much besides block.
Conner can also carry the ball out of the backfield. In his career, he has 21 rushes for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Last season with the Giants, he had six catches for 31 yards. However, he didn’t rush the ball once.
As you can see the two candidates have very similar numbers. I give the slight edge to Hynoski because he has more experience with the Giants and is a little younger. However, performances in training camp will ultimately determine who is awarded this role. Also, with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo at the helm, the Giants will also surely be watching to see which player can adjust to the new system faster and provide a smoother transition for the backfield.