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Madison Hedgecock

According to?Mike Garafolo's twitter, the Giants have released Fullback Madison Hedgecock.

This is not a total surprise, given his slipping performance and injury issues, but he was only set to make $1 million. It is believed that Hedgecock failed his physical yesterday.

Bear Pascoe was a solid replacement last year, but the Giants signed Henry Hynoski out of Pitt to possibly replace him, which would allow Pascoe to shift back to backup tight end. Although it is risky to trust an undrafted free agent with a starting job, Hynoski was expected to be one of the first fullbacks drafted.

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While fullbacks are not usually a topic of conversation, the ongoing injury to Madison Hedgecock raises an interesting question. With the emerging success that Bear Pascoe has had while filling in at FB, could the Giants conceivably cut Hedgecock in order to clear roster space, even if he can come back healthy? The Giants certainly could use his roster spot, as they are currently carrying 2 return men (Darius Reynaud and the newly signed Will Blackmon) and have yet to place on IR 2 ailing offensive linemen (William Beatty and Kevin Boothe).

WIth those considerations in mind however, it is very unlikely that Madison Hedgecock will be let go even if he does come back fully healthy. Why is this? The Giants have a complete lack of depth at the TE position. Kevin Boss is unquestionably very important to the Giants, not as much in the passing game as many would like, but is a key cog blocking for the rushing attack spearheaded by Ahmad Bradshaw. But, Boss is injury prone despite his tremendous toughness. He seems to get hit harder on any given play than most players do, and defenses have doled out punishment to the young TE. He has already sustained a concussion this season, and the Giants simply cannot risk using their backup TE (Pascoe) as a FB if the Giants already have a competent FB.

Would this be the case if Hedgecock is lost for the season? Perhaps not. The Giants would then search for a replacement TE for Pascoe if he's at FB, or a replacement FB, moving Pascoe back to TE.

Tags: Bear Pascoe, Injuries, Madison Hedgecock, William Beatty
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It appears that Madison Hedgecock has hurt his hamstring and was unable to comfortably walk on it after last night's victory over Chicago.

You may have noticed that Bear Pascoe was the acting Giants fullback during the final drives and he appeared to have some success in the role. Coach Coughlin has a history of attempting to switch TE's to FB (i.e. Jeremy Shockey) and this move just might stick.

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Earth and Fire Looking For A Mighty Wind

Running Backs Coach: Jerald IngramOffensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride

Running Backs: Brandon Jacobs (Starter), Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, Andre Brown, Dwayne Wright

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Brandon Jacobs, Madison Hedgecock
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