Before the 2010 season, Domenik Hixon was quite the weapon as a kick returner and punt returner for the New York football Giants. However, in 2010 he would suffer an ACL tear before the season even started, only to be followed up by another ACL tear in week two of the 2011 season. But now special teams coach Tom Quinn has announced that if Hixon's ankle is healthy enough, he could return to his role as returner on Sunday.
" If he’s active, we’ll start getting him back into his role, getting him on some special teams. Hopefully we’ll see an increase if he’s active," Quinn said. "He’s done both well. Just seeing how the game flows, if David [Wilson] is playing more on offense, it might be something that he will do. We’re ready to go either way, just trying to get him more involved."
Before the injuries, Hixon averaged 15.1 yards per punt return in 2009. Overall in his career, he's returned 51 punts for 561 yards and a touchdown. As a kick returner he's returned 80 kicks for 1,966 yards and a touchdown.
Hixon could be relied on consistently to provide the Giants' offense with excellent starting field position. During the run to Super Bowl 42, Hixon had returned ten kickoffs for an impressive average of 25.3 yards per attempt. Giants returners have yet to take one to the house this season. Rookie David Wilson has gotten close, but hasn't quite been able to break one loose. Hopes are that putting Hixon back in his role will bring a spark to the special teams unit, and an improvement in average starting field position for the offense.
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