It appears that the Detroit Lions are serious about once again having a traditional fullback in their offense. I say that because the Lions have scheduled a visit with free-agent fullback Henry Hynoski, according to Tim Twentyman. The visit is set for Thursday, assuming there are no travel complications, of course.
Hynoski was actually originally set to be a restricted free agent this offseason. However, the New York Giants didn't tender him a contract. They instead wanted to sign him to a lesser deal, but now it looks like they may lose him to the Lions.
Hynoski is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He spent his first three seasons with the Giants, and he played in only three games last year before fracturing his shoulder. That turned out to be a season-ending injury and likely contributed to the Giants' decision to not tender him.
In 2012, when Hynoski played a full season, he carried the ball 5 times for 20 yards and also caught 11 passes for 50 yards and 1 touchdown. What's more, he was ranked as the No. 5 fullback in the NFL on Pro Football Focus in the blocking department, so he definitely seems to be that traditional type of fullback that the Lions are looking to add back to their offense.
Before Hynoski, who is nicknamed the "Hynoceros," visits on Thursday, the Lions are set to host wide receiver Golden Tate and center Phil Costa on Wednesday. There was some uncertainty over when Costa's visit would take place, but it turns out he will be in town at the same time as Tate.