Giants explore many avenues to replace Hixon

The New York Giants are doing a bit of a scramble as they look to replace skilled returner Domenik Hixon after he was lost for the season on Tuesday when he tore an ACL in minicamp practice at New Meadowlands Stadium.

Aaron Ross could be the first up to get a shot as a punt returner, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, but that presents a bit of a challenge if he has a starting job in the secondary, as expected.

“I hope it’s for real,” Ross said of his shot. He’s reportedly been angling for an opportunity since he arrived on the scene.

From the sounds of things, it could be a returner-by-committee situation for special teams coach Tom Quinn. Mario Manningham could figure into the mix as a punt returner and Sinorice Moss and Chad Jones could also get a look. Ahmad Bradshaw has handled kickoff return chores previously and could re-inherit that job.

Figuring out who will handle return action isn’t the only job. Hixon was a reliable complementary receiver and he played a solid role on coverage teams. Sounds like the Giants have their work cut out for them in this regard.

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