Three and out: Fullback Henry Hynoski to visit Lions
How can you not like the guy already?
Henry Hynoski, a 6-foot-1, 266-pound free-agent fullback, is expected to visit with the Detroit Lions later this week.
In three years with the New York Giants, Hynoski scored only one touchdown, but it led to one of the greatest end-zone celebrations — yes, Joseph Fauria, even better than yours — in league history.
It happened on December 30, 2012, during the Giants’ 42-7 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles in the final game of the regular-season.
Watch it here.
The Lions are looking for a true fullback after going without one in recent years.
Hynoski, an undrafted player coming out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, missed most of last season because of a shoulder injury.
Also called "Hank the Tank," and "The Polish Hammer," Hynoski, 25, is a glorified offensive lineman who lines up in the backfield. His duties usually just consist of trying to open up holes for the running back or to protect the quarterback.
In 30 games, Hynoski has carried the ball only five times for 20 yards while also having 24 receptions for 138 yards.
It’s a little bit different of a role than when he rushed for more than 7,000 yards during his high-school career in Pennsylvania.
Or is he just playing the field before returning to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, who apparently still have an offer on the table for him?
The Lions wasted no time getting Tate, 25, in for a visit. He flew in Tuesday night and was scheduled to meet Wednesday.
Tate (5-foot-10, 202 pounds) is arguably the best receiver on the free-agent market. He’s coming off a career-best season in which he had 64 catches for 898 yards and also scored five touchdowns.
The decision likely will come down to whether a team such as the Lions offers enough money to make it worth leaving a championship team.
That man could be Phil Costa, who is one of the free agents scheduled to visit this week with the Lions.
Costa (6-3, 302 pounds), who wasn’t drafted in 2010 coming out of Maryland, got released a few days ago by Dallas after four years with the Cowboys. He started all 16 games in 2011, but has appeared in a total of only six games over the last two seasons.
Costa, 26, also reportedly has visited with the New England Patriots.