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**NOTE: Ramses Barden isn't listed because he is on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list and has yet to participate in training camp.
In parentheses are the odds—in my opinion—each player has to win the No. 3 job.
Domenik Hixon: Hixon has a definite advantage over the three other receivers because of his familiarity with the Giants' system and his rapport with Eli Manning.
Since joining the Giants in 2007, Hixon has proved that he is a talented receiver with decent speed and reliable hands (Giants fans are shaking their heads as they recall Hixon's drop against the Eagles in 2008). And when Plaxico Burress was suspended/injured in 2008, it was Hixon who stepped up. In the seven games Burress missed, Hixon caught 32 passes for 453 yards and three touchdowns.
Don't get me wrong. Hixon doesn't have the talent to be a No. 1 receiver, but he is more than capable of being the Giants' No. 3 receiver.
Victor Cruz: I'm shocked that the Giants still haven't added a #3 Victor Cruz jersey to their team shop.
Yeah, Cruz hasn't made the 53-man roster yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that his jersey would be a top seller.
After his performance against the Jets in the Giants 2009 preseason opener in which he caught six passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns, including a stunning one-handed catch along the sideline that led to a 64-yard touchdown, Cruz emerged as a fan favorite, leaving the fans intrigued by his potential.
Unfortunately, Cruz didn't get a chance to showcase his talent in 2010 because of a season-ending hamstring injury that placed him on the IR. However, now that he has fully recovered from the injury, Cruz has an opportunity to build on last year's preseason success and take over as the Giants No. 3 receiver.
Although Hixon has been practicing as the No. 3 receiver, whenever he sits out—which is every other day—Cruz has taken over as the No. 3 wideout, according to ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.
And so far he hasn't disappointed.
Aside from a few drops in the first couple of practices, Cruz has displayed solid hands as well as excellent speed, footwork and route running.
Devin Thomas: Had Devin Thomas never suffered a dislocated pinky finger last Friday, I think he would be the favorite to win the No. 3 receiver job.
However, because of his dislocated finger—an injury that head coach Tom Coughlin believes will keep Thomas out for 'a while'—Thomas may miss an extended amount of training camp, which will make it difficult for the three-year veteran to win the job.
UPDATE: Devin Thomas returned to practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.
This is great news for Thomas, who had been held out of practice since Friday. If he can stay healthy, Thomas has the talent to win the No. 3 job.
Jerrel Jernigan: Jernigan has the potential to be a dynamic slot receiver. However, having played college football at a mid-major (Troy), he has never faced the type of elite coverage he will see on a weekly basis in the NFL, and as a result, it may take time for Jernigan to adjust.
Of course, the shortened offseason didn't do him any good.
With that said, Jernigan is an explosive athlete who—in just a few practices—has shown an ability to create separation from his defenders.