Giants sign former Rutgers FB Ryan D'Imperio

With fullback Henry Hynoski's return for the New York Giants regular season opener in question, Big Blue inked a former Garden State great to shore up its offensive backfield.

The Giants added to their depth at fullback on Friday when they announced the signing of Ryan D'Imperio. The former Rutgers linebacker spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he didn't make it into any regular season games.

The Giants have a need at fullback because last year's starter Henry Hynoski is still recovering from knee surgery. Before the addition of D'Imperio, it was expected that tight end Bear Pascoe would get first team snaps at fullback in training camp, but now those reps could go to D'Imperio.

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round in 2010, D'Imperio was converted from linebacker to fullback and spent the 2010 season on Minnesota's practice squad. In 2011, D'Imperio played in 12 regular season games, and that remains the extent of his NFL experience.

New York's need at fullback and D'Imperio's New Jersey pedigree are a natural fit for each other, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him run away with the starting fullback job. The Giants seem to like Hynoski plenty, but that won't matter if he's not healthy in time for the regular season.

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