But, at 6-2, 252 pounds, New York is actually concerned that Stackhouse may be too big. When he showed up at the beginning of the week, he looked even larger than when Big Blue inked him as a rookie free agent out of Ole Miss a month ago. According to some NFL personnel types, Stackhouse has put on about 15 to 20 pounds since the Combine in February.
So, in addition to learning the playbook, his assignments, and while continuing to improve his blocking techniques, Stackhouse is going to have to drop some weight before training camp commences on July 24. These days, following the tragic death of Korey Stringer, dropping weight isn't as simple or rushed as it was in the past.
But regardless, the Giants are excited to have Stackhouse aboard. They fought off several teams after the draft for his services and now feel they have an adequate, if not better, replacement for Greg Comella, who signed with Tennessee last month.
"We really like him a lot," Jim Fassel said. "But he's going to have to earn that job. Nothing's going to be handed to him."
Stackhouse says he understands. "Sure I think it's my spot to lose," he said. "But if I don't go out there and perform, they can find someone else just as easily."
One of the main reasons the Giants fell in love with Stackhouse was his penchant for blocking.
"Sure I like to run the ball and catch it too," he said, "who wouldn't? But I really love to block. When you have the ball, everyone's hitting you. When you're blocking, you get to hit them. I'd much rather hit than be hit, you know?"
Makes sense to us.
As insurance in case Stackhouse stumbles, the Giants have moved Dan Campbell from tight end to the back-up fullback spot. Campbell's job security came into question when Big Blue drafted Jeremy Shockey in the first round, but the coaching staff desperately wants Campbell to stay with the club.