For a handful of the over 40 players who attended the New York Giants’ team-organized workouts this week, it was the first time they’ve been back on a football field since mid-season of last year.
Wide receivers Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and Victor Cruz are among those who fall into that category.
“Preparation is very different this offseason,” said Barden, who added that his surgically repaired ankle feels much better. “You get into a rhythm with the work that is able to get done at the [team] facility, but I’ve just got to roll with it.”
Barden went on to say that his clean-out surgery in March wasn’t a setback, merely a part of the process to get healthy quicker and that his rehab is coming along. He added that the Doctors are moving him along slowly, but he feels like he’s ready for more.
Meanwhile, his teammate, Victor Cruz, also says he’s on the mend.
“I feel like my potential within the wide receiver corps is high. I was doing well last year, but the injury sidelined me,” Cruz said. “I’m ready to do it all over again.”
At the time Cruz was placed on injured reserve last season, many felt it was a poor decision. As the season continued and injuries at the wide receiver position continued to mount, those people appeared to be correct. However, the NFL looked into his placement on the IR and upheld the teams decision to do so.
Perhaps further along than either of them is Domenik Hixon, who missed the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL. He told reporters that his knee is 100% and that he’s been catching punts this offseason and is ready to resume his role as Big Blue’s punt returner.
“I feel great,” Hixon said. “I’m ready to roll.”
Hixon was not at all limited during this camp, and spent a good amount of time running routes at nearly full speed (the team did tone it down a bit to avoid injury).
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