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Player Profile: Derek Hagan

The 2011 season for Derek Hagan began with him collecting checks for unemployment. The former Arizona State standout was unable to make the 53 man roster for the Giants, losing out to rookie WR’s Victor Cruz and Duke Calhoun. Hagan, who had been with the team since 2008, no longer had a job. Hagan knew this wouldn’t be the last time he’d play this season. He kept in shape, continued to workout and never lost faith. When WR’s Steve Smith, Ramses Barden and Victor Cruz all went down to injuries, Hagan finally got the call. It was from his former employer. He would resign with the Giants’ and at times, contribute to the offense. With almost all the Giants’ WR’s banged up, Hagan would have his best season with the Giants, catching 24 balls for 223 yards and 1 touchdown.

Will Hagan be back in 2011?

2011 Out-Look for Hagan:

Normally, I’d add another column of what this player needs to improve on for 2011, but I don’t think it will matter in Derek Hagan’s case. Hagan would need to get much, much better at the gunner position again to even have a chance, but with another year of football taxed on his body, and the likely improvement of Duke Calhoun at that position, I don’t think he’ll be back next season. Leaving that part of the post, unnecessary.

This is one of the harder out-look players. If Hagan wasn’t good enough last year to make the roster coming out of training camp, he regressed as a gunner in special teams and they liked Victor Cruz and Duke Calhoun more, what will change? Yes, he got a chance and he played very, very well in it. But with the Giants seemingly stacked at the wideout position, I don’t think Hagan will be back next year.

However, Hagan played well enough to land another job with another team, that’s for sure.

Do you think Hagan will be back next season?

List (REQUEST AWAY!!):

Kareem McKenzie

Travis Beckum

David Diehl

Chad Jones

Antrel Rolle

Clint Sintim,

William Beatty

Picks 2-6 in last year’s draft (draft recap)

Victor Cruz

Jon Goff

Brandon Jacobs

Chase Blackburn

Matt Dodge

Shawn Andrews


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10 Responses to “Player Profile: Derek Hagan”

  1. justin says:

    do brandon jacobs and chase blackburn ok

  2. Simon says:

    I think the Giants will make space for Hagan, but I don’t know how interested he will be as a bench-warmer again.

    I want to know what you think about the 3rd safety position with Deon Grant and Michael Johnson – both being free agents. I don’t think the Giants will keep the “3 safety” formations, which makes sense not to pay Grant, but Johnson isn’t living up to his potential. My best guess is to ditch both and draft some rookies.

    • JW says:

      Hagan isn’t going to get many looks around the league other than being a bench-warmer. I don’t think he sticks on this roster. The Giants are very talented at the WR position, and it doesn’t make sense to keep one of the bottom slots for him.

      Regarding your question about the third satiety positions:

      Michael Johnson isn’t coming back. The Giants’ once had hopes for him to be there starting safety once, but he regressed and injuries derailed his chances to compete for the third safety slot this season. He was tendered at over $1 million this season. He won’t be back.

      The Giants’ like Deon Grant, and he played very well in his role. While the Giants will go back to the traditonal three linebackers and two safety formations, he still is a very valuable asset. They’ll likely get him cheap, again. He’ll probably be back unless he wants to try and start elsewhere, which is a possibility.

      • Simon says:

        Hagan won’t have a sure-fire shot at a starting position elsewhere, but there are many teams where he can compete for it as a Steve Smith-esque receiver.

        You’re probably right about Grant staying since he’s so cheap, with Bulluck and Wilkinson being let go. I’m picturing a LB being drafted in the first two rounds.

        Sadly, I think Kevin Boss and Kiwanuka will leave.

        Can you also add Dodge to the list? He pissed me off a lot this year.

        • JW says:

          Simon: Regarding Hagan, I don’t think he has a chance to start anywhere, but to play? Yes, absolutely. He has the ability. He was a high third-round pick coming out of college, so the talent’s there.

          Bulluck will only return if he’s going to start. He doesn’t want to play the role he played last year. If no team is willing to give him a starting role, then he will retire. He’s had a pretty darn good career. I don’t see why Wilkinson wouldn’t be back. If he thinks he can play elsewhere, he’ll test the free-agent market. However, if he’s willing to come back for cheap, which he likely would, he would be a valuable asset on special teams. Bryan Kehl was cut, and Wilkinson was not was because of his value on special teams.

          Kevin Boss could very well be back. We don’t yet know the terms of the CBA, so the Giants won’t negotiate until they’re is one. Boss could be back. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be. He improved as a blocker and is solid catching the ball. He should be back.

          The Giants will continue to monitor Kiwanuka’s rehab process very closely. They probably won’t offer him a long-term contract. They’ll likely offer him a one-year deal where he can re-establish his value and go from there.

          And Yes, Dodge is added to the list.

  3. Jason C. says:

    There’s no way they keep both Cruz and Calhoun this year, my guess is both are gone, certainly Calhoun. I mean they signed 3 guys off the street before giving him a chance to run with the offense. There’s no room on this roster for projects anymore, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised if they do go after a proven veteran to help the receiving corps and cut Barden as well. This team HAS to make the playoffs, or there’s going to be a serious upheaval, do you think Coughlin is going to take time with guys who can’t seem to get it together? Expect Beckum to be cut or traded as well, not that he hasn’t been productive when given the chance, but because Gilbride can’t find ways for him to get on the field.

    • JW says:

      Jason C: It is very possible that both Cruz and Calhoun will be around next season. Calhoun is more of a special team’s guy as opposed to a wide receiver. And you need guys like that on your roster. He has potential to be a great gunner, which is why he’ll have a solid chance to stick. Don’t forget he did beat out Derek Hagan for the final roster spot. Victor Cruz, had he not been injured, would have been what Derek Hagan was this season. He has a better chance to be back then Calhoun or Hagan.

      Regarding Coughlin: They won ten games this season. They weren’t far off from being a contending team. I think this team is in decent shape, but needs to improve in certain areas. Beckum will be back. He had a solid season and is a decent #2 TE. Kevin Boss is a free-agent who knows if he’ll be back. Beckum did improve and was healthy this season. I don’t see them giving up on him, yet.

      • Jason C. says:

        I wouldn’t give up on Beckum either, but I just feel this year the Giants are going to treat their roster spots like gold, and unless you’re willing to give it your all AND are seen as an integral part to the teams success, it’s going to be tough to make the final cut.

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