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New York Giants expect special teams help from Derek Hagan

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Michael Vick may be the main man on the Eagles lately, but he’s not the only guy. When the Giants and Eagles — 6-3 NFC East co-leaders — meet on Sunday night, the Giants will also have to worry about Philadelphia’s tremendous punt returner, DeSean Jackson. And that’s where newly signed Derek Hagan comes in.

Hagan, the wide receiver and special teams whiz who was cut after rookie Victor Cruz and fellow undrafted receiver Duke Calhoun pushed him off the roster with great training camps, undoubtedly will move right in as gunner as well as No. 3 wide receiver as the Giants attempt to regain undisputed possession of the division lead on Sunday.

“I gotta be ready to do it all,” said Hagan, a fifth-year veteran. “I’ve got to run all day.”

Hagan had 11 special teams tackles last year for the Giants while catching eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.

When the Giants called after putting receiver Ramses Barden on injured reserve with a fractured left ankle Tuesday, Hagan gladly returned with “no hard feelings,” he said. Getting back into the routine hasn't been a problem.

“It’s just different guys in the building,” he said. “Everything from training camp is still fresh in my mind.”

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