While Domenik Hixon is listed as the starting wide receiver for the Giants opposite Steve Smith, that spot doesn't figure to be his for long.
With Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham waiting in the wings, Hixon, a fourth-round choice for Denver in 2006, will have a tough time hanging on to his starting role.
Hixon's standout game came against Seattle last season. He had 102 receiving yards, and eight catches. He also had a touchdown in the game. However, Seattle wasn’t a very good football team.
His play was mixed during the rest of the year. Who can forget the pass he missed when he was wide open against the Eagles? Hixon has admitted he needs to put previous plays behind him and concentrate on the current play at hand.
I believe Nicks or Manningham will get the starting nod over Hixon when the Giants play the Redskins in their opener. I see Hixon as more of a third wide receiver. He's got the speed, but he doesn't seem to have the concentration or the body type to be a No. 1 receiver.
As far as Ramses Barden; he's the wild card. I can see him helping in the red zone and some passing situations. But unless he learns the system quickly, it will take him time to step onto the field.
If the Giants were so happy with Hixon at the receiver position, why did they draft Nicks and Barden, not to mention Travis Beckum, who appears to be in Big Blue’s plans this season?
Hixon is a good player, but I'd rather see him as a third wide receiver and a return specialist. Let's give the other guys a chance.