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    NICKS' INJURY YIELDS MORE OPPORTUNITY

    "With Hakeem Nicks' surgically repaired broken toe elevated and resting in a
    cast, Domenik Hixon moved up to the first team
    and got some valuable reps with Eli Manning.


    Hixon, attempting his second comeback from a torn ACL injury in as many
    years, caught some nice passes in the Giants' voluntary organized team
    activities on Wednesday. And so began life without Nicks for the next couple of
    months.



    If there is one positive to come from Nicks' injury, it is that the Giants
    will get a closer look at the receivers behind him and Victor Cruz. By the time Nicks returns,
    perhaps in mid-August, the Giants will have a better idea about what they may
    have in Hixon, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan and second-round pick Rueben Randle.




    "Losing Hakeem is obviously terrible but as long as he is ready to go by the
    season, that is what is important," wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride said.
    "Moving forward, it is not a bad situation to have. We know what type of player
    Hakeem is. We need to find out about some other guys."




    "The book is still open on all of these guys."




    As the younger Gilbride points out, the Giants know exactly what they have
    with Nicks. And the hope is that Nicks should be ready by the season opener.




    "I don't think so," Manning said, when asked if the team should be concerned
    about losing Nicks for the next few months. "We will have time. He knows what he
    is doing. It won't take long for us to get back on the same page."



    Getting on the same page with a new third receiver is going to be more
    difficult.




    Last year, Manning had to find someone to replace Steve Smith in a matter of weeks before the
    season started. Cruz emerged in Week 3 against Philadelphia.




    This year, he has an entire offseason to find Mario Manningham's replacement.




    Hixon is making his way back from two knee surgeries and understands the
    expectations surrounding him are low. But Giants coach Tom Coughlin raved about
    Hixon for being one of his most dependable players.




    "I don't think people are looking at me at all, to be honest with you," Hixon
    said. "Just kind of flying under the radar, which is fine with me."




    Coughlin, though, is going to be cautious with Hixon's knee. While the Giants
    know what the consistency Hixon brings to the table when healthy, they are less
    certain about Barden and Jernigan.




    The 6-foot-6 Barden has tantalizing size and solid hands but has been slowed
    by injuries throughout his career. The 2009 third-round pick understands this is
    his chance to show the Giants what he can do.




    Barden has displayed glimpses of what he can do, but only has 15 receptions
    for 174 yards in a total of 17 games. The Giants have been waiting for Barden to
    emerge.




    "That would be great if he did," Coughlin said when asked about Barden. "It
    has been a little bit of inconsistency. Some days are very, very good and others
    are not as good. Hopefully it will all catch up with Ramses this spring and this
    fall."




    Barden knows this is a make-or-break season for him in all likelihood.




    "Contract-wise and where I have been in my career kind of dealing with
    injuries and some obstacles, it is definitely a big year," Barden said. "Play
    like I have nothing to lose."




    Jernigan, last year's third-round pick, is trying to get a grasp of the
    offense and the playbook with the benefit of finally having an offseason
    training program with the team. Last year, the rookies were deprived of valuable
    coaching and practice time due to the lockout.




    "Right now he has a ways to go to get himself back in," offensive coordinator
    Kevin Gilbride said. "I am waiting. … You see it, it is there. There is some
    quickness and some speed and an ability level that you want to see show up on
    the field in a consistent way."




    "I know, within the next few days, we got to get it out of him because he is
    one of the guys that has to play for us," Gilbride added. "He has got to come
    through. Last year Victor had to come through. JJ has to be one of those guys
    for us this year."




    If not Jernigan, perhaps it could be Randle, the second-round pick out of
    LSU. The learning curve is greater for Randle than the others as he adjusts to
    the pro game. But already, Coughlin sees the talent in Randle.




    "Naturally, he has got some things to learn about intensity, studying and
    preparing, and you can't come out here and make an error," Coughlin said. "He
    has only had a few days out here on the field. But all you have to do really is
    watch him catch punts and you know he is talented."




    The most talented receiver on the field on Wednesday also assumed a bit of a
    leadership role with Nicks out. Cruz was seen providing guidance for many of the
    younger undrafted receivers on the roster. Just a year ago, he was in their
    shoes, fighting to prove himself.




    Now, he's the shining example of all that is possible for the receivers on
    the roster hoping to become Manning's newest weapon. With Nicks recovering, the
    Giants will get a closer look at what they have on the roster.




    "We have got a lot of talented guys, it is time to get them going," Coughlin
    said. "Perhaps there is another Victor Cruz in here."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: NICKS' INJURY YIELDS MORE OPPORTUNITY

    I'm not worried about the 3rd receiver at all, and it's kind of obvious why.


    We have depth at the WR spot, and Manning/Gilbride always gets them open.

    I'm pretty confident we will not mourn over Manningham as quick as people may think

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      [quote user="MikeIsaGiant"]I'm not worried about the 3rd receiver at all, and it's kind of obvious why.


      We have depth at the WR spot, and Manning/Gilbride always gets them open.

      I'm pretty confident we will not mourn over Manningham as quick as people may think[/quote]

      I don't think "worry" is the word. With Nicks and Cruz on the field, the # 3 has to be reliable, have good hands, and be where he is expected to be as he's going to get a lot of passes thrown to him
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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        i think that even if no clear winner of the 3rd spot emerges from camp we will still be okay. if they platoon hixon, RR, JJ they should get ample production out of that 3rd WR spot...




        He will also have an arsenal of TEs to throw to in Bennett, Robinson, Hopkins, Pascoe and later maybe even Ballard and Beckum.. He also has options out of the backfield to throw to with AB, Wilson, Joe M, Hynoski and maybe even Scott.




        I think we will be fine till Nicks gets back

        Football has been very, very good to us.
        After losing seasons 2013-15, the giants put up 11 wins in 16.. they are on way Back
        But for now we can console ourselves with this fact-

        # of Super Bowl victories since 1985:

        1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
        2-Washington, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
        3-San Francisco, Dallas, Denver
        4-New York Giants!!!
        5-NE
        Let's make it 5 in 2016 so we can be on a LINE NE again!!!

        ***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***

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        • #5
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          [quote user="miked1958"]

          i think that even if no clear winner of the 3rd spot emerges from camp we will still be okay. if they platoon hixon, RR, JJ they should get ample production out of that 3rd WR spot...




          He will also have an arsenal of TEs to throw to in Bennett, Robinson, Hopkins, Pascoe and later maybe even Ballard and Beckum.. He also has options out of the backfield to throw to with AB, Wilson, Joe M, Hynoski and maybe even Scott.




          I think we will be fine till Nicks gets back

          [/quote]

          You're right, tight end could be a key for us this season in both the running and passing games.
          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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