- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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One of the popular New York Giants storylines this offseason is the running game, with debates and questions about whether David Wilson is ready to start, how much he'll split carries with Andre Brown and how that tandem will handle itself in the crucial area of pass protection. But one of the most important pieces of the Giants' running game may not be ready to start the season, and the condition of fullback Henry Hynoski's surgically repaired left knee could have a lot to say about the success of the Wilson-Brown tandem.
Mike Mazzeo reports from Giants camp that, while Hynoski is hoping to be ready for Week 1, he's not assuming he will:
"I'm gonna do everything in my power to get back for the first game -- that's my goal, that's my intention," Hynoski said Tuesday. "But ultimately that decision is not up to me. I just want to get back to playing football at the earliest possible date. Everything's going well in my rehab, making advances and strides every day, and I'm just excited with my progress and I know the trainers are happy where I'm at too."
The Giants were concerned enough about Hynoski's health that they pursued free-agent fullback Vonta Leach earlier this month before he signed with Baltimore. And once they lost out in that pursuit, they signed Ryan D'Imperio, who's getting fullback reps in camp along with Bear Pascoe.
The run game already suffered one blow this offseason due to the free-agent departure of blocking tight end Martellus Bennett, and the sooner Hynoski gets back the better if the Giants are indeed going to find out what Wilson has to offer them in his second season in the league.