Is FB Vonta Leach good for the Giants?
By Jeff Ellis
The Giants are pursuing fullback Vonta Leach, 31, 260 lbs, 6’0″. He is an 8-year veteran from East Carolina who was drafted by the Packers in 2004 where he played for three years. He then played one year in Houston, one year in New Orleans, then back to Houston for four years and finally to Baltimore for the last two years. He made the Pro Bowl the last two years while playing for the Ravens. With the Ravens he accumulated 67 yds, one touchdown, and 36 catches for 212 yds.
Current Giants fullback Henry “Hynoceros” Hynoski is recovering from knee surgery and was originally expected to be ready for Week 1. Hynoski injured a medial collateral ligament during OTAs, offseason team activities. The Giants’ interest in Leach indicates that Hynoski’s recovery is probably slower than the Giants had hoped. Not only are the Giants pursuing Leach it is reported that the Giants are planning to increase their offer to Vonta Leach which gives even more credence to the idea that Hynoski is having a slow recovery. Offer details have not been released.
Miami is also pursuing Leach but he has said that a return to Houston would be a “storybook ending” for his career. There are no reports of Houston expressing interest in Leach.
Without Henry Hynoski and Brandon Jacobs, released in 2012, the Giants are without a big back for pass blocking and smashing through the defense for goal line stands and fourth-and-inches situations. Leach could be a great addition to the team on a one-year contract. He’s 31 years old and should not be relied on as a long-term fullback. Hynoski is just 24 years old and already considered one of the best pass blocking backs in the league. Clearly the future belongs to Hynoski but there is certainly an immediate and short-term need for a high-performing fullback like Vonta Leach.
What’s your opinion? Continue to pursue Leach or find a cheap interim solution?