A former quarterback in college, FB Jacob Huesman is embracing his transition as he gets a shot to make the Giants roster this season.
Huesman was a four-year starter at Tennessee-Chattanooga where he totaled 8,197 yards and 64 touchdowns as well as 4,051 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. However, after going undrafted in 2015, Huesman couldn't find a team that liked his quarterback skills.
His agent believed it was time for a change, and Huesman figured gaining some weight and learning how to long snap would give him the best chance to keep his football career alive. The Giants took on a chance on him last December when they signed him to the practice squad.
"Somebody gave me a look at it and I'm forever grateful," Huesman told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "The New York Giants are that somebody."
The transition hasn't been an easy one for someone who was used to avoiding defensive pressure as a quarterback. Now, Huesman is running full speed into the trenches, and he admits he had to change his mindset.
"It does take a different kind of guy to want to run full speed at another human being and him him as hard as you can," he said.
Head coach Ben McAdoo thinks the transition has gone smooth for Huesman so far as he got reps with the thrid offense during Monday's two-minute drill, and made a vital fourth-down catch to pick up a first down.
"We put him in there and he transitioned nicely," McAdoo said. "So, he can pick up some of the running-back stuff, the single-back stuff. He can be in a fullback-type because he's played quarterback. I think he gets the game from that standpoint."
Putting on weight has become a priority for Huesman who realizes how crucial it is. His current stature is 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, but he promised to get his weight up. He will need to after taking a few shots during practice from LB Jonathan Casillas and LB/S Eric Pinkins.
"He came through and knocked me on my butt," Huesman said of Pinkins' hit during the two-minute drill. "I got to get better in pass protection."
Huesman, who also works on his long-snapping every day after practice, will continue to do what it takes to make the final roster as he is happy in his current role.
"I'm happy to be here, man," Huesman said. "It would be very selfish of me to sit here and complain and say 'I wish I was playing quarterback here, I feel like I'm good enough to play quarterback.' I'm not gonna do that. I'm very grateful to be hre doing whatever the New York Giants want me to do."
Huesman is currently listed as the starting fullback on the Giants' unofficial depth chart over rookie Shane Smith of San Jose State.