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Coughlin on No. 3 WR spot: 'We're going to work that out'

8/6/2011

Until Steve Smith returns -- well, if he returns -- Domenik Hixon is the Giants’ third wide receiver -- for now.

“We’re going to work that out,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Domenik has been the third. We unfortunately have to slow him down on occasion, say every other day, to get him stronger and healthier and feeling faster coming off of his surgery. There’s a lot of room for a lot of people if they could just improve and come along (Ramses) Barden, get out there for crying out loud. So there’s plenty of opportunities. I’m hoping these guys will advance.”

If Smith returns, Coughlin says he’s not going to be ready for awhile.

“I think so,” Coughlin said. “He’s not going to step in right away.”

Ask how long it might take, Coughlin responded, “I don’t know. I wouldn’t speculate on that.”

Coughlin said it’s a great opportunity for young wideouts like Jerrel Jernigan, Devin Thomas and Victor Cruz to step up.

• Undrafted linebacker Spencer Paysinger, who has been impressing at camp, is out with a groin injury. Coughlin said it wasn't a tear, but said he could be sidelined for a while.