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Welcome Back Mr. Hixon

From Ralph Vacchiano:

Domenik Hixon is healthy and ready to return. And it looks like this week he may get a chance.

It appears that Tom Coughlin is ready to make a switch and use Hixon as his primary kick and put returner – – a move which would send Sinorice Moss to the bench. Asked about that today, Coughlin said only “We’ll see.” But he also gave heavy praise to Hixon’s returner skills.

“He’s fast. He reads schemes well. His timing is good,” Coughlin said. “He’s courageous – – all the things you’re looking for.”

Hixon has long been the Giants’ most dominant return man, ever since he was one of the unsung heroes of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII run. After taking over the kickoff return duties midseason in ’07, he averaged 27.6 yards per return in the regular season and 24.2 yards per return in the playoffs.

Last year, Hixon was primarily the punt returner, averaging 10.1 yards per return.

This year, Moss has been struggling at both jobs, averaging just 6.7 yards per punt return and 18.2 yards per kickoff return. He also had a terrible fumble/muff last Sunday that set up the Raiders’ only touchdown in the Giatns’ 44-7 win.

Hixon wouldn’t confirm he’ll be handling both jobs – – or either job – – on Sunday. But he did give some insight into why he’s been so successful.

“Special tams is one of those deals you basically have one chance,” Hixon said. “You’re not going to have a second or third down.”

And obviously he wants to make the most of that chance, whenever it comes.

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One Response to “Welcome Back Mr. Hixon”

  1. MJ says:

    If this happens, it would be great news. The Giants, it turns out, are loaded at WR, and all young ones at that. Damn, this team is going to be good for years to come. Instead of Hixon being the 4th WR, let him return kicks, where he can do the most good.

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