2012 New York Giants Breakout Candidate: Domenik Hixon
Is it hard to quantify a 27 year old as a possible breakout candidate? Maybe. In the case of Domenik Hixon though, its not so far-fetched. Hixon has only played in two games the past two seasons due to torn ACL’s and will be 28 years old this season. He has been prominently used as a kick returner since the New York Giants claimed him on waivers back in 2007, however this season may be the time to prove himself as a receiving option.
We all know that the Giants are looking for more options behind the big two at wide receiver. Hixon actually started seven games back in 2008 catching 43 balls for 596 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Out of all the other options, Eli Manning probably has the best rapport with Hixon, mainly because he’s been there the longest. In a lot of ways, that really does count for something. Hixon isn’t going to make a pro bowl as a receiver, but he’s a good depth player.
If he’s gonna make a pro bowl anywhere, it may be as a returner. In 2009, he had over 1200 yards on kick returns. The Giants are looking for a returner, especially on punts where it seems like it’s been a revolving door of people for the past few years. Aaron Ross had been the guy on punt returns, but he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hixon should be a guy on every Giants fan’s radar. He may be a pivotal cog in the 2012 team, doing a lot of different things.