The New York Giants announced today that they’ve signed fullback Ryan D’Imperio and have waived kicker David Buehler.
D’Imperio also did not play in the 2012 regular season after appearing in the first two preseason games with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was waived by Kansas City on May 13, 2013.
Originally a seventh-round draft choice (237th overall) out of Rutgers by Minnesota in 2010, D’Imperio spent his rookie season on the practice squad for the Vikings. He was signed to a reserve/future contract with Minnesota on Jan. 3, 2011, waived on Sept. 3, re-signed to the practice squad two days later, and promoted to the active roster on Oct. 4.
He finished the 2011 season by playing in 12 straight games – with one start at New Orleans in Week 15 – and recorded two catches for seven yards to go along with eight special teams tackles. He also had one kickoff return for six yards in 2011, the only year he saw action in the regular season.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants are concerned whether or not Henry Hynoski will be ready for week one.
The Giants wanted Leach (and signed D’Imperio) because they're uncertain of how quickly FB Henry Hynoski will recover from knee surgery.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) July 26, 2013