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Derek Hagan

This situation is vaguely familiar...like a bad dream.

2009 Jerry Reese takes a small handful of inexperienced safeties into training camp after not resigning strong safety James Butler.? By game #3 '08 first round draft pick Kenny Phillips goes down with a serious knee injury, leaving Michael Johnson the 7th round pick in '07 draft to be the leader.?? The Giants scrambled to fix the problem and signed CC Brown and Aaron Rouse. ? You remember how that turned out.

In 2010 the Giants were thin at receiver due to injuries.? The Giants made a move to resigned Derek Hagan, a sure handed possession receiver and a perfect back up to Steve Smith. ? However, Jerry Reese chose not to resign Hagan after last season.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Brandon Stokley, Derek Hagan, Eli Manning, Kenny Phillips, NFC East, Randy Moss, The New York Giants
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With all of the speculation regarding Steve Smith, Barry Cofield and Ahmad Bradshaw's impending "unemployment," several key Giants free agents have been overlooked.

When the calamity ensues an hour and 4 minutes from now, don't forget about Dave Tollefson, Jim Sorgi, or Derek Hagan.

As you all know, I am certainly a Hagan fan and I think the Giants would be wise to keep him. He isn't flashy, but he catches the ball and moves the chains. With Smith' s health in question and the memory of last year's WR injury bug still fresh in my mind, I can't recommend letting him go elsewhere.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Barry Cofield, Derek Hagan, New York Giants
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Remember those last days of school before a big vacation? Those were the days before the holidays or summer, where you reported to class but were too excited to focus on anything else but the anticipation of what was to come. Following Monday?s speculation that the lockout just may be coming to an end, an entire nation of football fans are experiencing that feeling again.

But with a return to football comes an abrupt and intensely condensed free agency period. For the Giants, many current players (on the roster in 2010) are not far from certain to return. TE Kevin Boss and HB Ahmad Bradshaw should be relatively easy to woo back into a blue jersey whenever signings are sanctioned. Equally likely is the departure of veteran DT Barry Cofield. Cofield?s talent is certainly welcome, but his price tag may just be deemed expendable due to the arrival of rookie Marvin Austin.

A handful of expected, and likely unexpected, free agent targets from other organizations are sure to hear from Jerry Reese shortly. One or more of these targets could very likely be a wide receiver.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Braylon Edwards, Derek Hagan, Domenik Hixon, New York Giants, Steve Smith, Victor Cruz
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Hey, lock out mates. I know you?ve missed me, so I?ll jump right in?.

The rash of injuries at the receiver position in 2010 forced the Giants to bring in an almost entirely new rotation by season?s end. By January, the team had added 3 new receivers that weren?t on the roster on opening day. Two of which (Devin Thomas and Michael Clayton) were not on the roster during training camp. Add them and newly drafted WR Jerrel Jernigan to last year?s contenders and the Giants receiving corps is suddenly more crowded and complicated than ever.

So let?s compound the problem. It was during this week last year that I wrote an article discussing the limbo that Domenik Hixon found himself in. The agile and deceptively fast receiver was lost for the entire season thanks to a non-contact injury on brand new turf. He would have been a solid #2 option on many other squads in 2010. Had he been healthy, he would have been relegated to 4th string duty with the Giants as a result of their considerable depth at the position.

Tags: Derek Hagan, Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFC East, NFL, Steve Smith
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It has been confirmed that WR Derek Hagan will return to the Giants after signing a 1 year deal today. He will begin practicing tomorrow.

No word yet on whether he will be the 3rd or 4th receiver but I would not be surprised to see the Giants using him on special teams as well. Despite losing the gunner job during training camp, Hagan was a reliable special teams contributor in 2009.

Tags: Derek Hagan, New York Giants
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In case you haven't done the math, the Giants have only three healthy receivers on the active roster. Who would have guessed that losing Ramses Barden would cause such a dilemma?

The loss of Hixon is now being amplified while Victor Cruz sits on IR mending a paper cut (minor hamstring injury). Darius Reynaud is technically a receiver (not necessarily a capable one) but he is still battling a hamstring injury of his own.

So now the obvious. The Giants must acquire another receiver. Since this receiver will be immediately thrust into action, expect a signing sooner rather than later so that he can practice with the team before Sunday. The pickings are slim right now.

Tags: Amani Toomer, Derek Hagan, New York Giants
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The release of Bryan Kehl was the fourth surprising cut by the Giants over the past two weeks.

Kehl has the look of a prototypical linebacker. A standout in BYU?s 3-4 scheme as an outside pass rusher, he has yet to break through as an NFL player. It can be argued that Kehl?s raw talent was hampered by his landing spot come draft day. Of all the 4-3 defenses to be brought into, the Giants were the worst fit.

It is no secret that the Giants have been carrying at least four top level defensive ends since the 2007 campaign. This year the total grew to five with the addition of Jason Pierre-Paul. For a mid-level draft pick striving to see the field, the opportunities were slim. When other defenses might have dialed up a rush from an extra linebacker, the Giants simply placed another DE in the spot.

Tags: Andre Brown, Bryan Kehl, Derek Hagan, Domenik Hixon, jay alford, Kevin Boss, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Travis Beckum
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The Giants have decided to cut WR Derek Hagan according to a report by Mark Garafolo at the Star Ledger.

This is obviously a surprising move. Hagan is not only a solid and improving receiver but also the best special teams receiver (coverage)that the Giants had. This one is a head scratcher.

Tags: Derek Hagan, New York Giants
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With the announcement that Sinorice Moss is headed to IR, Victor Cruz's chances of making the final roster increased substantially.

For those of you who have been? living under a rock or in the Peace Corps since July, Cruz has been having the most productive preseason of any WR in the NFL.

Tags: Derek Hagan, Duke Calhoun, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Sinorice Moss, Steve Smith, Tim Brown, Victor Cruz
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Three months ago, there wasn?t much room for change amongst a crowded receiving corps.

Ramses Barden was guaranteed a spot as was the talented and versatile Domenik Hixon. Hixon in fact freed up 3 roster spots in essence, due to his ability to return both punts and kicks.

Add in the three starting receivers (Smith, Nicks, Manningham) and the receiving corps of a ?run first? team is up to 5 players.

Tags: Derek Hagan, Duke Calhoun, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Sinorice Moss, Steve Smith, Tim Brown, Victor Cruz
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Well that wasn't a "crappy" catch.  Victor Cruz makes a left-handed catch on a deep throw from QB. Jim Sorgi.  


In a night that didn't yield a spectacular showing for the Giant offense, Cruz's play is critical.  Ramses Barden far from cemented his spot and thus far, Derek Hagan hasn't made noise.  Do not count Cruz out to make the active roster this September. 
Tags: Derek Hagan, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz
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Losing Domenik Hixon will sting. That much is obvious. Perhaps the best reserve receiver in the league, the former Akron Zip was a starter on the Giants depth chart this time last year.

Most of the worry has been directed towards the gaping hole in the return game. Hixon?s knack for pulling off spectacular run backs has aided the Giants on several occasions. Thus, the previously mentioned concern is well placed.

Despite this, the hole at receiver should not be overlooked. The Giants, a club that rarely uses a fourth receiver on any given play, was headed into their 2010 training camp with five receivers already guaranteed a roster spot. Now, the team is down to only four set names (Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden) and there will be room for competition among the bubble players.

Tags: Derek Hagan, Domenik Hixon, giants, Injuries, New York Giants, Sinorice Moss, Travis Beckum
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Giants Hoping WR Ramses Barden Will Step Up To the Challenge

June brings mandatory mini camp and for the New York Giants the two largest group of positions players belong to the linebackers and the wide receivers.? Yesterday, the tight knit group of wide receivers went from 11 healthy players...to 10? when super star return man and wide receiver, Domenik Hixon went down with a torn ACL.

Now opportunity knocks and in steps Ramses Barden, the third round draft pick from 2009.? Last year the 6' 6 wide receiver from Cal Poly who never saw the playing field was buried on the depth chart behind Steve Smith,? Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Hixon,? Derek Hagan and Sinorice Moss. After another disappointing year from Sinorice Moss and the latest injury to Hixon, Ramees Barden should be able to step up and make the most of this opportunity.-

After a second year with the playbook and another year getting acclimated with the system and Eli Manning, I clearly expect Ramses Barden to challenge Derek Hagan for the 4th wide receiver spot on this offense. ? Hagan originally a 3rd round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2006 was released by the Fins in 2008 and signed by the Giants.? His ability to make plays on special teams has made Hagan a valuable member of the 2010 NY Giants.

Tags: Al Harris, Derek Hagan, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Ramses Barden, Sheldon Brown, Sinorice Moss
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