Sure he's not the biggest or fastest receiver in the NFL. But he may be one of the most clutch players in all of football. QB Eli Manning trusts him and so do the coaches. When he makes plays like he did yesterday (watch the highlights) he just adds another dimension to the Giants' offense. He rarely makes mistakes and is always where he should be on the field. His forte believe it or not, is special teams, but the Giants want to keep him out of harm's way as much as possible, so he is no longer employed there (for now).
After missing nearly two years due to a freak knee injury, Hixon is back at full capacity and a key component in the offense. He's a lunchpail guy along the lines of David Tyree. They don't know their stats, they don't care about where they play or how much. All they do is come in and beat you. And those are the best guys to have.
With Hakeem Nicks playing about 50% (I'm being kind, here) the team needed Hixon to come up big in SF yesterday. As usual, he obliged. He had four catches for 78 yards. Four tough catches may I add.....Here are his postgame comments....
What did you think about how your defense played against the 49ers?“The defense put us in great field position. Throughout the second half, they put us in great field position and we tried to capitalize on that.”
How about the job your defense did in stopping the run and putting your offense in great field position?“An awesome job. Three points from a team that put up almost 70 some odd points over the last two weeks. You know they did an awesome job in stopping their offense.
First of all, you guys had a great day offensively. What were you able to do to take advantage?
“We knew all week we were going up against a talented defense. Our defense put us in great field position, along with [RB] David Wilson taking the ball down deep into their territory which gave us a great chance to score.”
What were you guys seeing as receivers? You guys were wide open. What were you seeing that you took advantage of?“We knew we had to bring our A-game. Throughout the whole week, we were talking about trying to create separation against their DBs. We were going up against a great defense and a great team. We just had to bring our A-game today.”
How about your running game as well? Earlier, [WR] Hakeem [Nicks] had said he thought that had set the pace. What’s your opinion?“Absolutely. When we run the ball like that, it creates 1-on-1s on the outside and a lot of play-action. Credit the offensive line and [RB] Ahmad [Bradshaw] with really running that thing hard every play."