Now, the Giants might not have to replace Nicks for any meaningful games, but it looks as though Hixon is showing no effects from his second surgery to repair a torn ACL. If he can keep it up and hold off rookie second-round pick Rueben Randle, who impressed in rookie camp earlier this month, Hixon will likely be the favorite to win the No. 3 receiver job in New York.
From Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger:
Hixon's twice-repaired knee looked fine when he made a nice leaping catch after fighting through an aggressive jam from CB Michael Coe. Hixon received plenty of praise from Tom Coughlin as well as the assistant coaches today for his reliability in carrying out his assignments. "He's a great role model and a great example of, 'We asked you to set up the route this way, take this footwork, do this stem and attack this shoulder,'" offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "He always does it exactly the way you want him to do it." Later in practice, during 7-on-7s, Hixon got loose up the sideline against a Cover-2 zone.
"They say that after knee surgery, you're supposed to be slower,'' Hixon told the media this week. "I'd like to put that to the test anytime. Go get the clock, run a 40-yard dash, do all that.''
Meanwhile, we're hearing from Gilbride that Randle still "has a long way to go," so maybe some shine has come off now that he's practicing with actual NFL players.
Gilbride also says (via Garafolo) that the other starter, Victor Cruz, hasn't missed a beat, and that he wishes Ramses Barden was faster. So the vets have the early edge.