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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hixon and Randle ready for more reps

By Ohm Youngmisuk

RYE, N.Y. -- Hakeem Nicks' injury will allow the Giants to get a closer look at their other receivers in his absence.

And that could help improve the Giants' passing attack. With Nicks expected to need three months to recover from a fractured fifth metatarsal, Victor Cruz will get number one reps with Eli Manning and should only become more versatile with more work on the outside.

But Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan and second-round pick Rueben Randle will benefit from Nicks' injury. All of them are competing to replace Mario Manningham as the third receiver and there will be even more practice reps for them with Nicks out.

"That is definitely going to be the case especially with the one's and two's shuffling around and you get more reps," Hixon said at the Giants Foundation Golf outing at Westchester Country Club to benefit youth-related charities in the Tri-state area. "I missed the past two years so I definitely need all the reps I can get."

Hixon has the most amount of experience of the group of receivers behind Nicks and Cruz. When asked if the team might consider bringing back Plaxico Burress for experience, Tom Coughlin shook his head to gesture no.

He wants to see what the Giants have on their roster now.

“Look for the next Victor Cruz,” Coughlin said.

Randle is looking forward to showing what he can do with more reps. The rookie has been so focused on making plays that he says he hasn't even noticed who is throwing the ball to him during practice.

"I haven’t really been paying attention to who is back there at quarterback," Randle said when asked how many reps he has gotten with Manning so far. "So just been going in there when Coach tells me to go in and making plays that are there for me. But [no matter] who is back there at quarterback, just plan on catching the ball from him."

"Just continue to go out there and do what you have been doing," Randle added. "Just keep learning and keep getting better in practice and get more reps."

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