When the New York Giants re-signed fullback Henry Hynoski before the 2014 season, giving him a deal that cost then $1 million against the salary cap, that seemed like a puzzling decision.
After all, when Hynoski had gotten hurt and gone on injured reserve in 2013, the Giants signed veteran fullback John Conner to a two-year contract. Conner did an outstanding job for the Giants, earning a +6.6 run blocking score from Pro Football Focus. That was third in the NFL among qualifying fullbacks for the 2013 season.
The Giants still had Conner under contract for 2014. So, what did they need Hynoski for? Well, it was obvious from the beginning of training camp that the fullback was Hynoski's to lose. And he never lost it. The Giants released Conner, then Hynoski proceeded to have the best season of his career. The fourth-year player had a +6.2 run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus, the best of his career. His previous best was a +2.4 in 2012. Hynoski also had a career-high seven rushing attempts (for 13 yards) but did not catch a pass for the first time in his career.
Valentine's View: Keep Hynoski. This one is a no-brainer. Hynoski's 209 snaps played were only 14th in the league among fullbacks, but it was obvious that there is a place for a fullback in Ben McAdoo's offense. In fact, the Giants probably would have been well-served to play Hynoski more rather than use two-tight end sets or have the blocking-challenged Larry Donnell lead-blocking from the backfield.
Hynoski isn't going to get a mega-contract. He probably deserves a two-year deal, though, somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.5-3 million.
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