NFC EAST TRAINING CAMP BATTLES
Excerpt: "NEW YORK GIANTS
No. 3 wide receiver: Rueben Randle versus Domenik Hixon.
have two of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but the free-agent departure
of Mario Manningham left that No.
3 spot open. They drafted Randle in the second round and think very highly of
him, but that's not going to be what gets him the job. He'll need to outplay the
other guys in training camp in order to earn it, and the other three names on
this list have more experience in the league and the offense. My pick as the
current favorite to open the season in that spot is Hixon, who was the favorite
for it last year before re-injuring his knee. I think that, if he's healthy,
he's got the best chance to land that position. But that's a huge "if" with
Hixon, and Randle, Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan all have the physical
tools they need to impress coaches during this competition. It's probably
Barden's last chance to show he can stay on the field and compete. And Jernigan
has a shot to stick if he shows he can help in the return game. But my best
prediction is a healthy Hixon wins the job and Randle gradually takes snaps away
from him during the year as he continues to develop into the long-term answer." Read more...