When Madison Hedgecock’s season came to an end earlier this week, Bear Pascoe figured his stint at fullback would end as well.
“I thought as soon as Madison was healthy he would be back in and we’d go back to the way we were at the beginning of the year,” Pascoe said of returning to his original position of tight end. “I heard he got put on IR and I was kind of curious. I thought they might bring in another fullback. I thought I was just holding down the spot for the time being. But no, we’re rolling with what we’ve got now.”
Pascoe has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise on offense, not only because he is playing out of position but because he didn’t even make the original 53-man roster out of training camp. He was relegated to the practice squad but when Kevin Boss was injured early in the first game the Giants had to bring him up.
Then, against the Bears on Oct. 3, Hedgecock injured his hamstring and Pascoe had to step into the fullback position on the fly. He did well enough to stay there and has been playing the position ever since.
At least on gamedays.
“I’m still with the tight ends and meet with the tight ends,” Pascoe said. “I have a lot of interaction with (running backs coach) Coach Ingram. If I have a question on plays I either go to (tight ends coach) Coach Pope or Coach Ingram. They are a lot of the resources that I use to get things figured out.”
While it appears that Pascoe will be the Giants’ fullback for the remainder of the season, he suspects that he’ll be going back to tight end eventually.
“As of right now, I see myself this next offseason being a tight end,” he said. “I imagine Hedge will be healthy and back and taking his spot back. But you never know, we’ll see come the offseason. If this is what they ask me to do, then I’ll be the best I can be at it.”
Just a note: The Giants will likely have two starters on offense Sunday against the Jaguars who did not make the team’s final cutdown in September. One would be Pascoe. The other would be receiver Derek Hagan, who like Pascoe was cut on the final day of the preseason.