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Giants sign a fullback

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With reports that fullback Vonta Leach is headed back to Baltimore, the Giants have moved in a different direction to add some insurance against an extended absence for Henry Hynoski.

The Giants announced Friday that they have signed fullback Ryan D’Imperio to their 90-man roster. D’Imperio, a converted linebacker, played 12 games for the Vikings in 2011 and did not play at all last season after failing to make the team out of training camp. He spent some time this offseason on the Chiefs roster, but was released in May.

Hynoski injured the MCL and lateral plateau in his left knee during OTAs and is working to return to the team before the start of the regular season. Tight end Bear Pascoe has been seen as the likeliest replacement should his absence continue into the regular season. D’Imperio’s arrival may not do anything to change that, but it does give the Giants another option for reps in camp and the preseason.

To make room for D’Imperio, the Giants cut kicker David Buehler. The former Cowboys fifth-round pick signed with the Giants in February after also sitting out the 2012 season. His departure solidifies Josh Brown’s claim to the job this season.

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9 Responses to “Giants sign a fullback”
  1. floratiotime says: Jul 26, 2013 1:01 PM

    There’s going to be a million of these background moves across the NFL by the time the season starts. Most of them … like this one … have no meaning.

  2. justinstuckrule says: Jul 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    What a disaster for my Giants. Hynoski’s career is in jeopardy and the Giants are reduced to signing a backup free agent lineback who didn’t even play football in 2012 to be their starting fullback!

    If the Giants can make it to 7 – 9 it will be a good season.

  3. buddybowl69 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:10 PM

    Save a roster spot, let Eli play Fullback too.

  4. thefootballgodssay says: Jul 26, 2013 1:19 PM

    welcome to the giants 11-52013 nfc east CHAMPS

  5. bigbwoy000 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:30 PM


    Let Vick play fullback after he loses the starting QB job to Foles.

  6. eclipsingbinary says: Jul 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    Superbowl homeboy

  7. inthearex says: Jul 26, 2013 1:30 PM

    It’s be awesome if he won his 3rd SB MVP in a different position. Wouldn’t you say so buddy?

  8. calicowboysfan86 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    NFC East linebackers are rejoicing… Vonta Leach is a BEAST!

  9. excessivedrinking says: Jul 27, 2013 11:55 AM

    Buehler was an automatic touchback every time he kicked off; can’t carry two kickers, though.

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