Domenik Hixon of the New York Giants had one of his best games of his career in Sunday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Hixon caught six balls for 114 yards in the loss. He outperformed Ramses Barden, who committed a huge pass interference penalty late in the game that may have cost the Giants on their last second field goal try.
While Barden may or may not play Sunday due to a concussion, there’s a good chance that Hixon passed him right back on the depth chart. The thing that helps Hixon is that he’s more versatile. When Barden is on the field, he can only play outside, which does help Victor Cruz because he is better in the slot. Hixon can play out wide or in the slot, which can give him more opportunities.
The fact that Barden committed that pass interference call down the stretch was inexcusable. You can’t tackle the defender and put your team in that kind of position where it impacts a potential game-winning field goal.
Barden looked like he had trouble beating the press and it showed that the Giants really missed Hakeem Nicks, who is probably the best receiver that the Giants have in beating press coverage. Nicks needs to be healthy for this team moving forward to get a chance to repeat as champs.
In the interim, it looks like Hixon regained the number three spot. The question is: for how long? If he continues to stay healthy and produce, he’ll have it moving forward, that’s for sure.