Madison Hedgecock was not in a talkative mood today. In fact, sensing reporters gathering around his locker, he issued a terse two-sentence “statement” before clearing out of the room.
“I have a strained hamstring,” the fullback said. “I have to go.”
And off he went. He left the field last night as well, thanks to that hamstring injury that some thought he might be faking or playing up for the cameras and reporters. Clearly, though, Hedgecock is in pain and as the only fullback on the Giants’ roster, that’s not a good thing.
When Hedgecock left the game, he was replaced by Bear Pascoe, Tom Coughlin extolled Pascoe’s versatility at the position before coming to the conclusion that the Giants might, in fact, have to make a roster move to bring in another fullback.
“Bear Pascoe did an outstanding job for a guy that really didn’t have many snaps last week,” Coughlin said. “The thing I really like about the kid, he’s such a 100-percenter, but he never panics. This is like the second game out of four where we’ve taken him and literally (said) ‘You’re going to be this guy on the field.’ And even a couple of times where we wanted play calls that involved a little bit more than your average fullback play we asked if he could understand it and knew what he had to do from that position. So, I was encouraged by that.
“That’s a long way around answering,” Coughlin said at the end of his tribute that began with a question about roster moves. “I don’t know yet what exactly we’re going to do there.”
Pascoe seemed to be less impressed with his performance at the foreign position than Coughlin was. He takes some scout team reps at fullback, but really only works with the Giants’ offense as a tight end.
“It’s just knowing your assignment and getting it done,” Pascoe said. “I knew what to do. I was studying fullback all week along with tight end. It's part of the game. Hey, when you're number's called, you just step in there. It's what we do.”