I was pretty shocked when the Giants cut Derek Hagan in September. Turns out he had a similar reaction -- although I'm willing to bet I got over it a lot quicker than he did.
“I was shocked myself,” the newest Giants receiver said on his first day back with the team. “I was disappointed, I was mad, all of the above. I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘OK, what did I do wrong?’ I felt like I didn’t do anything wrong. I came in, worked hard, made plays. But we all know this is a business and tough decisions have to be made. You have to deal with it and move on. Hopefully you leave a good impression so they can bring you back or another team sees what you can do.”
The Giants did bring him back as injuries at wide receiver mounted. The final tipping point was when Ramses Barden tore up his ankle in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Hagan was watching that game from California, where he was dropping his parents off in Long Beach for their cruise.
“I was like ‘I’d better get a call tomorrow.’” Hagan said when he saw Barden go down. “Fortunately Coach (Sean) Ryan gave me a buzz and I’m back.”
It’s like he never left.
“Nothing’s changed, everything is still the same, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m back,” Hagan said. “I know the offense, I know what’s going on, and they definitely know what I can do.”
“Derrick knows this offense,” Eli Manning said. “He’s been in it a couple of years. He was here all training camp. You don’t have to explain what route to run and different options. He’s going to know what he’s doing. You can just come in and not lose a beat. He’ll be able to help us out.”
I just hope Hagan's parents have someone else who can pick them up in Long Beach when their cruise is over because it sounds like Derek will be a little busy.