Check the Giants' depth chart, and the only name listed at fullback is that of Madison Hedgecock. It might be the most unsung position on the team, but it's vital to the running game because of his role as a lead blocker for Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
So, when Hedgecock left the Giants' game against the Bears with a hamstring injury Sunday night, it was something of an emergency situation. But third-string tight end Bear Pascoe slid into the fullback role, and the Giants' running game didn't miss a beat while piling up 189 yards in their 17-3 win over the Bears.
Pascoe didn't take one practice rep at the position in the week leading up to the game, but he makes a habit of running through the fullback plays mentally each week. Just in case.
"During preseason, I played fullback a little bit," Pascoe said after Wednesday's practice. "In the Pittsburgh game, I played fullback. I was very familiar with it. I knew the plays. I didn't get the reps last week, but when I was studying, I was running that position's plays through my head.
"It was fun. I felt a lot more confident than I was in the preseason. I was more comfortable with the offense, so, it allowed me to play faster. It was a blast."
Hedgecock didn't practice today, and Pascoe said he's preparing as if he will start Sunday in Houston. Because he's a tight end, he might actually bring a little more versatility to the position as a pass-catcher.
"At Fresno State we played fullback and tight end in that offense," Pascoe said. "It's a pro-style offense. That prepared me a lot for this next level. It would give us another weapon to use. I might be a little quicker out to the flat."