With starting fullback Henry Hynoski likely to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the Giants have added Ryan D’Imperio to the roster to help share the workload that’s expected to be carried by tight end Bear Pascoe.
Originally a seventh-round draft choice out of Rutgers by Minnesota in 2010, D’Imperio did not play in the regular season last year. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad for the Vikings. He was signed to a reserve/future contract with Minnesota on Jan. 3, 2011, waived on Sept. 3, re-signed to the practice squad two days later, and promoted to the active roster on Oct. 4.
He finished the 2011 season by playing in 12 straight games – with one start at New Orleans in Week 15 – and recorded two catches for seven yards to go along with eight special teams tackles. He also had one kickoff return for six yards in 2011, the only year he saw action in the regular season.
D’Imperio played football at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J., where he starred at both linebacker and fullback, before his college career with the Scarlet Knights.
Hynoski continues to recover from knee surgery, which he had in late May after injuring his left knee in an OTA drill. There have been reports of him being ahead of schedule in his rehab, though those reports have not come from the team.
A photo of Hynoski sporting a hinged knee brace on his left leg as he reported to the facility today appeared on the Giants’ official website. The good news though is that he was not walking with any sort of cane or crutch in the picture.
To make room on the roster for D’Imperio, the Giants waived kicker David Buehler, which means the kicking job is now veteran Josh Brown’s to lose.