Whether it was intentional or not, the New York Giants went through the 2016 season without a fullback on their active roster. This spring the Giants have been entertaining the possibility of changing that, with two fullbacks on the 90-man roster trying to prove they should be part of the final 53.
One of those is Jacob Huesman. He is a former college quarterback who has had quite a journey the past couple of seasons, playing a variety of positions and even spending some time in the Canadian Football League.
Let’s take a closer look at Huesman as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster for the now-vacationing Giants.
2016 Season In Review
Huesman did a stint in the CFL with the Sasketchewan Roughriders after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and being ignored by the NFL. I have yet to find any stats showing he ever played in a CFL game.
The Giants signed Huesman to their practice squad in November, listing him as a running back. That made sense, as Huesman ran for 4,051 yards , including a school record 1,244 in 2015, while at Chattanooga. The Giants signed him to a reserve/futures contract for this season.
2017 Season Outlook
Huesman is listed at 6-foot-1, 216 pounds on the Giants official web site. Reality is, though, he is probably closer to 240 pounds as he tries to transition to the fullback role.
Truthfully, there is little chance for a fullback to make an impression during OTAs or mini-camp. Limited reps in shorts and t-shirts aren’t going to tell you whether or not a guy can lead a running back through a hole.
We will find out later in Huesman has a real chance. For now, though, it’s just interesting to note that Huesman and fellow fullback Shaun Smith are on the roster at all.