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Hixon, Cruz react to Stokley addition

New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon, left,

New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon, left, catches a pass for a touchdown over Chicago Bears cornerback Corey Graham during the second quarter in East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

We reporters spoke with Domenik Hixon at length yesterday about playing the slot, a position he figured he could help the team at. He’d only bee doing it for about a week or so, but he was getting comfortable at it and seemed to enjoy it.

Today the landscape at the position changed. So did Hixon’s outlook.

It’s wasn’t quite an Osi or Jacobs tirade, but coming from the normally soft-spoken Hixon his reaction to the addition of Brandon Stokley was certainly noteworthy.

“They brought him in to do the slot deal and it looks like I’m not playing slot,” Hixon said. “I wanted to be there. I wanted to play. And it’s looking like that’s not going to happen.”

Asked if he felt he was given enough of an opportunity to win the slot job, Hixon said: “No, I don’t feel that way. That’s a move that they made and time will tell.”

Like I said, he’s not exactly burning down the Timex Performance Center here. But his disappointment was palpable while he was speaking.

“I don’t really know where to start,” he said when asked about his feelings, “but me being a competitor I always want to be out there contributing and it looks like they kind of pulled the trigger and went in a different direction.”

Hixon said he hasn’t been told directly, but he believes that his role on this team is now limited to returning punts. “Maybe some receiver here and there, but the majority special teams,” he said.

As for Victor Cruz, the guy who actually was the slot receiver but who now likely won’t be, he said he was not disappointed by the addition of Stokley.

“You understand the business and you know that at some point they want to bring a guy in to help us out,” said Cruz, who dropped a key third-down pass in the Redskins game. “That wasn’t much of a shock.”

Cruz said he knows that his reps will take a hit with Stokley on the team.

“When you bring in a veteran guy like that you want him to step up and bring his knowledge of the game as an immediate impact,” he said. “But you try to stay in tune, stay focused, and when your number is called you make sure you’re ready.”

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