Just a few more quick hits from minicamp:
Domenik Hixon, coming up on his one-year anniversary of tearing his ACL in a minicamp practice at New Meadowlands Stadium, said he is ahead of schedule and feels like he is “100 percent.” Of course, he wasn’t going “100 percent” on the field at Bergen Catholic High School. That would be crazy, especially considering how his freak injury occurred out of nowhere last year. He was taking it slow and cautious for the most part, but he did seem to be able to make all of the cuts necessary.
Hixon (who is in the middle in the above picture) also said he can’t wait to get back to his special teams roots on the Giants and he’s been working on catching punts and kickoffs from whoever is available to boot him a few balls. After the bad year the Giants had in their return games in 2010, getting Hixon back should help tremendously.
Another receiver who was injured last year (who wasn’t?), Ramses Barden said he’s being cautious with his ankle injury because, well, he’s locked out so what’s the rush? “There are ups and downs to the lockout,” Barden said. “The deal right now gives me more time, as opposed to rushing it. If I had to be out here running routes, I could. But because there’s not that sense of urgency, (the approach) is, ‘Let’s build a great foundation, let’s have you perfect when they do call.’ I like having that extra time. I just wish it didn’t come with those circumstances.”
A few guys who looked like they added weight this offseason – and by that I mean the good, muscle kind – are Bear Pascoe and Mathias Kiwanuka. Pascoe had to run for a flight after the workout so he didn’t have time to stop and chat about it, but it seems as if he’s turning his body into more of a fullback frame than a tight end. As for Kiwanuka, well, he might just be a free agent when the dust settles. Maybe the added bulk is to make sure that if he does sign with a new team it’s as a defensive end – his stated preferred position – and not as a hybrid linebacker the way the Giants use him. Of course all of that is just guessing, as if the assumption that any of them added weight. Kiwanuka was there for most of the week but not on Friday when the players addressed the media.
One thing Shaun O’Hara, who organized the workouts, wanted to make sure he did was thank the folks at Bergen Catholic who were gracious hosts. At the end of the workout, all of the players put on Bergen Catholic T-shirts and posed for a picture. Well, most of the players did. One guy who didn’t was Eli Manning. The quarterback also did not speak with reporters, as was his policy during his passing practices at Hoboken High School earlier in the spring. He did, however, stop to sign some autographs for the 100 or so fans who showed up to watch practice. So did many of the players.