Henry Hynoski is back with his old team, but he knows that doesn't mean he'll be back at his old job. The fullback who missed most of the 2013 season with knee and shoulder injuries re-signed with the Giants on Friday and will engage in a training camp battle with John Conner -- the player the team brought in to replace him last season.
It's very unlikely the Giants will keep two fullbacks on their roster, so Hynoski vs. Conner likely will be a winner-take-all situation.
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"There's competition all over the NFL," Hynoski said. "That brings the best out of all of the players. It brings the best out of you when you're competing against somebody else. I'm just looking forward to working with him and working together and getting better at the same time."
Hynoski was a restricted free agent but the Giants did not offer him a tender. That led to his ability to test the market, and he visited the Lions this week. Ultimately, he came back to the Giants at a price tag less than what a tender would have been.
"This is where I want to be," Hynoski said. "Don't get me wrong, Detroit was a great place. I really enjoyed the people I met and the visit out there, but this is home for me. This is where I was comfortable and luckily everything worked out. The Giants had a mutual feeling, the same feeling I had about them. They wanted me back, I wanted to be back here and I'm glad it worked out."
The 2013 season didn't. Hynoski injured his knee in OTAs and came back in time for the start of the regular season. He played three games before the shoulder injury ended his season.
"The first game, I was really rusty, the second I started getting back and that third game was when I started feeling good again, back to my old self," Hynoski said. "And then the shoulder happened, unfortunately. But that's part of the game. It's the stuff you have to live with. These things happen, it's just a matter of how you respond to it. I use it as motivation, use it in my workouts, everything, all of that anger and frustration. I used it in rehab and training to get back. I think it's going to make me a better player because of it."
In his absence, the Giants signed Conner and he played well. Conner was signed to a two-year contract, setting up this summer's fullback fracas. It's one Hynoskli is ready for.
"I'm finally 100-percent healthy now," Hynoski said. "I'm ready to go. I'm just extremely anxious to get back on the field."