Practice report: Hixon stars; Rolle on Tebow

August, 12, 2012
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Giants returned to their the SUNY Albany campus to resume preparing for the regular season. Given that the team's next opponent is the Jets on Saturday at MetLife Stadium, the name Tim Tebow came up during Antrel Rolle's news conference.

Isn't the Giants safety a little curious to see the Jets' backup quarterback?

"No," Rolle answered. "Just go out there and play the game. It's not going to be about Tebow. It's about us."

What the Giants do have are some reliable skill players. Domenik Hixon, who has been out with a hamstring issue but was back Sunday, caught a 35-yard pass from quarterback Eli Manning over Corey Webster. Later, during some trick plays, Hixon threw his own 35-yard pass, all air.

The Giants had 5,430 fans at practice, up from past years. The Super Bowl champions have drawn more fans to practices in Albany this season.

But there were quite a few guys still banged up after the first preseason game. Center Jim Cordle had his leg wrapped as he worked out on the bike. Other injuries include: DT Shaun Rogers (swollen leg), WR David Douglas (quad), Justin Trattou (heel), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), WR Jacquian Williams (hip) and LB Michael Boley (hamstring).

James Brewer was carted off during practice, and coach Tom Coughlin later said the tackle's back was acting up. Michael Coe also appeared to be injured during punt team drills and limped off the field.

On the positive side, tackle Will Beatty worked in team drills a bit after a back injury.

Coughlin also praised WR Isaiah Stanback, WR Rueben Randle, free-agent acquisition Will Hill, and a certain defensive tackle who he liked watching against the Jaguars.

"Anyone that goes against Dwayne Hendricks -- he is going full speed every play, OK? so if you're foolish enough to think he's not going to make you look bad, you're ridiculous," Coughlin said. "So he goes out and plays the game just like he practices and he does very well for himself."

Update: S Janzen Jackson was waived by the team.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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