SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Henry Hynoski #45 of the New York Giants is tackled in the first half by Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
As we continue our position-by-position comparisons of the New York Giants Super Bowl-winning teams from 2007 and 2011 let's look at the unsung position of fullback.
Basically, that means we put the 2007 battering ram, Madison Hedgeock, up against 2011 battering ram Henry Hynoski. Reuben Droughns played a little fullback in 2007, and Bear Pascoe filled in last season when Hynoski was out of the lineup.
2007 Regular Season
Madison Hedgecock -- 6 receptions, 45 yards
2011 Regular Season
Henry Hynoski -- 12 receptions, 83 yards
Hedgecock was a 6-foot-3, 266-pound bruiser of a fullback. He could catch the ball, but his game was all about blasting people out of the way to clear space for Giants running backs. When the St. Louis Rams released him after one game in 2007 general manager Jerry Reese made a critical move by snatching him off the waiver wire. Hedgecock's work really helped make the Giants running game special.
When the Giants look at Hynoski, 6-foot-1, 266 pounds, I believe they see a Hedgecock clone. Hynoski can be the same type of physical, crunching blocker that Hedgecock was. Only Hynoski has not gotten to the point where he does the job as consistently as Hedgecock did before injuries took their toll on him.
Hynoski has the tools, and the attitude, to reach that level. He isn't there yet, however.