Giants’ starting fullback Henry Hynoski doesn’t know exactly when he’s going to be removed from the physically unable to perform list, but he’s been encouraged by the progress he’s made since suffering a serious knee injury during the team’s first OTA practice this past May.
“It’s been going great. I’ve been out here running and started to do some drills and agility work and that stuff so we’re picking up the progress every day, and I’m just excited for the next step and am just looking forward to what tomorrow brings,” Hynoski said. “I feel good and haven’t had any setbacks. I’m out here watching practice and I’m in the film room and still learning, even though I’m not practicing.”
Hynoski’s status has been a curious one in that the team never provided any kind of estimate about how long the third-year player would be sidelined.
Not even Hynoski himself has any estimate when he might be back in action.
“That’s not up to me. I’m doing everything in my power to make it back,” he said. “Ultimately that’s going to be up to the doctors and the trainers.
“All I know is we’re just going to keep advancing as far as getting into more agility drills and cutting and that type of thing and doing more football applicable stuff instead of just straight line running,” he added.
With training camp dwindling down, Hynoski appears unlikely to be ready to play in any of the remaining three preseason games. He was asked if he thought the lack of physical activity might be a problem for him when he does return.
“Ultimately that decision isn’t up to me, but I know everything about this offense (and) I’m extremely comfortable,” he said. “I played in the Super Bowl. I’m a very smart player, don’t make mental errors. I’m the kind of guy who always picks things up real quick, and I think I’m going to go in there and not really need all those reps, in all honesty.
“I think I can go in and just pick up where I left off, where I started, and obviously I’ll get practice time in before I play any game, I would practice full go.”
But even veterans who have been a part of the offense have had to deal with knocking off rust after a long absence. Two recent examples of that were receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, whom the coaches described as rusty.
But the good news is that both Nicks and Cruz quickly shook off any rust they might have had and Hynoski is confident that he can do the same once he’s cleared to return.
“At the end of the day, I’m an intelligent football player. I have an instinct for the game and I think I just have to come back to me really quick,” he said. “My focus right now is getting better so I’ll deal with that when the time comes, but I feel outstanding and confident in everything.”
That has to be good news for the Giants, who yesterday learned that Ryan D’Imperio, their only other true fullback in camp, decided to retire to pursue other opportunities. Hynoski said he learned of his former teammate’s decision after D’Imperio advised the coaches of his intentions.
“You have to respect that. You can’t play the game when your heart is not in it,” Hynoski said.
“He did a great job for us when he was here, so I wish the absolute best. He was an absolute pleasure to work with the last couple of weeks and he’s definitely got some football talent. If he decides to play again, I’m sure there’s a football team out there for him.”