Domenik Hixon is known for many things. He is the guy who got his knee torn up by the virgin turf during the first practice at the New Meadowlands Stadium causing him to miss the entire season. He is also known as the other party in the career-ending collision that nearly paralyzed Buffalo Bills TE Kevin Everett in 2007. Hixon was also the player the Giants turned to after Plaxico Burress shot himself in 2008.
To Giant fans, Hixon is their everyman: the guy who does the dirty jobs no one wants to do. Last night, we saw once again Hixon's value. In an offseason where NFL fans are focused primarily on who teams are bringing in, Giant fans realized they might be a better team because of who they are getting back.
Hixon is one of those players. In 2010, his absence was glaring on both special teams and on offense. He plays three, sometimes four positions during the course of a game and last year, the Giants missed him dearly. He is their Mr. Clutch.
On special teams he plays returner and gunner. On offense, he can play slot receiver or go wide. He is invaluable at all positions. He is not afraid to cross the middle of the field, and this year, especially since the Giants lack a reliable TE, Hixon will asked to make that sacrifice again and again.
He is ready. In the Giants first preseason game vs Carolina, Hixon caught five passes for 86 yards. It appears Hixon will be attempting to help us forget Steve Smith, too....He is proud that he can come out of the gate running this year:
"I’m real excited. After I hurt my knee, this was one of my goals to be able to fight back, do a whole year of rehab and be able to play in the first preseason game. I accomplished one of my goals."
Hopefully, he''ll accomplish the rest this season. He's well on his way judging by last night's performance....