Wide Recievers Speak; Other Notes

Ralph Vacchiano has some reactions from the current recievers on the new recievers, as well as some other notes:

That’s what Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon and David Tyree had to say today, when they were asked for their reaction to what the Giants did on draft weekend. Adding Hakeem Nicks in Round 1 and Ramses Barden in Round 2 may put some pressure on the other receivers. But the competition, they say, will be good.

“Absolutely,” Hixon said. “That’s what we were talking about even before the draft – – the competition that we all have with each other. It’s going to be an exciting and fun time.”

“It’s all about competition and we’ve got a lot of competition at this position,” Tyree added. “It doesn’t make any difference (who they drafted). Any receiver in this locker room would say the same: If you’re not hungry – – especially with the way things have shaken out at our position with last year’s starters being gone – – if you’re not hungry enough to just come in and compete and give it your all, then you don’t have the right mindset.”

What’s not clear to any of them, at the moment, is where they’ll fit in. Hixon and Smith will likely go into training camp as the starters, though it’s a good bet that Hixon will be the one to feel the heat from Nicks first. Tyree, of course, is battling back from a knee injury that kept him out all last season so his place on the roster might be the biggest mystery of all.

One thing they all agreed on, though, is that the addition of Nicks and Barden suddenly turns a thin receiving corps into a deep one. And while it may – – at least for now – – be lacking a Plaxico-like No. 1 target, the Giants should have a versatile attack based on what each of these receivers can do.

“I was thinking the same thing,” Smith said. “Maybe we’ll go into some more three-, four-wide receiver sets. Maybe even five-wides. We’ve got a lot of young guys now. A lot of targets for Eli to have fun with out there.”

“We got a lot of guys who have different talents,” added Hixon. “It’s exciting when everyone is competing. It’ll be nice to see how everything is going to pan out.”

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Tyree, by the way, sounds as determined as ever to resume his career after missing last season. He said his surgically repaired knee is “pretty much” back to its pre-injury levels. Now he’s just anxious to get back on the practice field.

“I had more than enough time to kind of just rest on it,” Tyree said. “I’ve been working for a long time. I’ve been as hungry as ever. I’ve never been away from the game this long, so I’m just eager and champing at the bit to play some football. Life is real simple for me right now. I just have a great desire to really kind of pick up where I left off, even at this stage a year later than I wanted it to be.”

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It has long been assumed that veteran offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer would re-sign with the Giants at some point this season – – an assumption based largely on the fact that the team had not removed the nameplate from above his locker, as they had for other free agents they weren’t bringing back.

Well, Ruegamer’s nameplate is gone now. His locker belongs to Andrew Carnahan, the backup lineman the Giants claimed off waivers last week.


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